PandaLOVE said:Seriously, something has got to be done. Many MPs should be facing jail time. (I hope the linky thing works).
jarrod248 said:Brown is too busy flying around the world to even notice.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smithâs political future was in jeopardy this morning after it was revealed that her husband used her Commons expenses allowance to pay to watch pornographic films.
Richard Timney, who works as Ms Smithâs Commons adviser, used part of the Ministerâs second-homes allowance to pay for the blue movies he watched on a subscription television channel.
The relationship between Ms Smith and her husband was said by Government insiders to be âvery difficult,â but stressed that the couple were still together.
It is understood that Mr Timney had been watching explicit adult movies on channels broadcast on the Virgin Media cable TV service.
Ms Smith was said to be 'mortified' today after she was forced to offer a humiliating apology over the expenses claim.
The Home Secretary said she 'mistakenly' submitted an expenses claim which included five pay-per-view films, including two adult movies which were viewed at her family home in her Redditch constituency.
A friend said the Home Secretary knew there was 'no excuse' for the error but added: 'To say she's angry with her husband is an understatement.
'Jacqui was not there when these films were watched.
'She's furious and mortified.'
Ms Smith said in a statement: 'I am sorry that in claiming for my internet connection, I mistakenly claimed for a television package alongside it.
'As soon as the matter was brought to my attention, I took immediate steps to contact the relevant parliamentary authorities and rectify the situation.
'All money claimed for the television package will be paid back in full.'
Number 10 backed Ms Smith's decision to repay the expenses claim. Downing Street said the Home Secretary had done the 'right thing' by taking steps to rectify the 'inadvertent mistake'.
A spokesman said: 'Jacqui Smith has done the right thing by taking steps to rectify this inadvertent mistake as soon as she became aware of it.
'She is doing a great job as Home Secretary and will not let this issue detract from her determination to ensure we protect the public and make our neighbourhoods safer.'
The MP insisted he was not abusing his expenses. 'The logic of what you are saying is that wealthy Tory MPs could live where they bloody well like but Labour MPs would have to live in their constituency. My dad was a hard-working taxi driver and I work hard as an MP.'
tattybadger said:Which, connected to this (amongst other issues): http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=119922.html should ensure that Capt Calamity et al become the G20's laughing stock next week.