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Is there no end to MP thievery.....

#2
They don't even use a second home but are claiming the expenses for it!!!!!!
Eh?

The party says it has not broken any rules and its MPs use the flats.
They don't claim salaries as they don't sit in Westminster, but use the flats as they conduct their constituents business. Now Sinn Fein or not, they're actually a damn sight more honest about it than representatives from the mainland parties have been.

I smell an attempt to divert attention from another story brewing..
 
#3
PartTimePongo said:
...They don't claim salaries as they don't sit in Westminster, but use the flats as they conduct their constituents business. Now Sinn Fein or not, they're actually a damn sight more honest about it than representatives from the mainland parties have been.

I smell an attempt to divert attention from another story brewing..
Have to agree with you there. They've broken no rules, so one had to wonder at the motivation for those who planted this story now. Could Ms. Smith and co be in more hot water?
 

copepod

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#4
Also, article says five Seinn Fein MPs share 2 flats - why don't more MPs representing seats outside London share flats / houses?
 
#5
Much as I HATE to be seen to defend SF, two flats between five MPs doesn't seem unreasonable, as they don't exactly live within commuting distance. I wonder how many MPs of the main parties DO live within commuting distance and claim for a flat.

Also, I wonder how £400 000 over nine years between 5 MP's compares with any other 5 MPs selected at random.

Methinks I agree with PTP - snowscreen coming up!
 
#6
copepod said:
Also, article says five Seinn Fein MPs share 2 flats - why don't more MPs representing seats outside London share flats / houses?
I suppose they think it would be too unseemly for people of such importance as themselves to do so. :roll:
 
#7
Two flats between 5 MPs? Seems like good value to me....

ArRSers supporting Sien Fein? (Checks colour of sky, temperature of hell and spys pigs taxiing on the runway!!)
 
#8
Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who has been exposed by a Sunday newspaper for claiming almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses with her husband.

Mrs Robinson is the Democratic Unionist Party MP for Strangford and her husband is the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

The News of the World reports that the couple earn six salaries between them and employ four family members as staff.

Neither have broken any rules but the claims are likely to anger voters in the wake of other relevations about MPs' expenses.

Mrs Robinson earns £63,291 for her position as an MP, £24,296 as an Assembly member and as chairwoman of its health and social services committee and £9,550 as a councillor for the Castlereagh borough in Northern Ireland.

Mr Robinson takes home £63,291 as MP for East Belfast, £71,434 for his role as First Minister plus a third of the £43,101 salary for being an Assembly member because he is also an MP.

They also claim more than £150,000 for the salaries of their staff with Mr Robinson employing their daughter Rebekah as office manager and private secretary and son Gareth as parliamentary assistant.

Mrs Robinson employs their other son Jonathan as office manager and daughter-in-law Ellen Robinson as part-time secretary.

According to the newspaper, the couple claimed the controversial second homes allowance last year, receiving a total of £40,342. They own three homes in Belfast, London and Florida worth more than £1.3million.

The couple spent almost £20,000 on flying between Belfast and London

A source close to the Robinsons said: "With Iris and Peter, it's more a case of what recession?

"Their taste for expensive furnishings and decoration betrays the magnificent opulence the couple enjoy in stark contrast to the poverty of many of their constituents."

A spokesman for the Robinsons said: "All expenses claimed are used to run a full network of advice offices in both constituencies.

"The individual salary paid to each of them is no different than for any other Parliamentarians.

"How they choose to spend their salaries is entirely a matter for them."
What about they both have so many jobs between them they are contributing to unemployment in Northern Ireland.
 
#9
The Sinn Fein article has now syndicated out to 294 pieces at the last count.

Jackie Smith is at 188. Which is odd. Very odd. Someone is pumping this story.

Type 'MP' into Google news to see what the smoke stonk is about, and what's bubbling under right now.
 
#10
I wonder if MP's have to bring the same amount of proof of residency as the rest of us. Just been told my council tax bill isn't proof enough that I live at my home address to claim GYH. I'm not known for paying random people's council tax. so why do i have to produce Council tax, mortgage docs, solicitors letter, utility bills. I vote put the army clerks in charge of MP's claims, then they wouldn't get naff all out of the system. Even if they were entitled to it they'd make them jump through rings of fire first. Or put them all on JPA that'll see um off.

Rant over.
 

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#11
copepod said:
Also, article says five Seinn Fein MPs share 2 flats - why don't more MPs representing seats outside London share flats / houses?
What I don't get is these are expenses.
In the last financial year, Sinn Fein's five MPs Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness, Pat Doherty, Michelle Gildernew, and Conor Murphy each claimed £21,000 in Additional Cost Allowances - just short of the maximum.
If 5 people claim just short of the maximum expenses for 2 flats, how can that be right? Expenses covers the cost of running the flat(s) therefore each should have claimed 1/5th in expenses surely?

I get the feeling that because they are not being paid for sitting in parly they are using other means to extract cash from the UK taxpayer they so loudly object to.
 
#12
On the face of it their claim seems no less valid than any others, of course we have yet to see as much detail as we have seen of some others. Certainly they are more justified that the claims of cabinet minsters who have either used grace and favour homes or turned them down, We have several ministers includiing Brown who has lived for free in London for 12 years still claiming for a second home.

This row has been brewing for some years and Brown and Mr Speaker have done every thing they can do to avoid facing the issue rather than getting something done about it. Makes you think doesn't it.
 
#14
Sinn Fein do not represent the British people. Them fleecing us for all this ££ is a result in the eyes of republicans, just another points score and does not register on my angermonitor.

Now what I do have issue with it those MPs that represent you and me and who are becoming illegaly rich. That's all of them it seems.
 
#15
Yesterday afternoon I took a relaxing boat ride down the River Spree. Just after I passed the chancellery offices on my left I passed a huge complex of apartment blocks.

Imagine my surprise when I was told that these blocks were for the representatives (MP’s) when they were staying in Berlin 8O

Pity that all our representatives can’t exist without a liveable (profitable) second home in the profitable areas of the capital :twisted:

Politicians scum of the earth :twisted: :evil: :twisted:
 
#20
barrett said:
PartTimePongo said:
...They don't claim salaries as they don't sit in Westminster, but use the flats as they conduct their constituents business. Now Sinn Fein or not, they're actually a damn sight more honest about it than representatives from the mainland parties have been.

I smell an attempt to divert attention from another story brewing..
Have to agree with you there. They've broken no rules, so one had to wonder at the motivation for those who planted this story now. Could Ms. Smith and co be in more hot water?
Dear god almighty. What the hell has she charged to expenses now? Honest Mariner's bookie shop is offering the following odds on what the taxpayer has just bought for Jacqui:-

2/1 Divorce lawyer
3/1 Strap on
4/1 Prostitutes
5/1 QE2 World Cruise
6/1 Rent boys
7/1 Butler/maid/domestic servants
8/1 Viagra
9/1 His 'n Hers boob job
10/1 Rectal prolapse surgery for Mr S following strap on action
11/1 Anne Summers 'St Trinians' outfit - size to fit Mr S
12/1 BUPA family policy
13/1 Concorde
14/1 Solid gold statue of Nelson Mandela
15/1 Aston Villa FC
16/1 Flight on the Space Shuttle
17/1 The Space Shuttle
18/1 Elton John

Anybody want odds on anything else?
 

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