Speaker orders £20,000 refurb

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  1. I am sorry but do politians not understand that they have to buy their own sofas or mattresses?

    John Bercow has ordered a £20,000 refurbishment of the Speaker's official grace-and-favour flat in the Palace of Westminster, it has been reported.

    Items ordered by the new Speaker, elected after Michael Martin stepped down amid the expenses row, include a £6,764 sofa suite, the Telegraph said.

    Some changes make the flat child-friendly, such as fitting window locks and turning a study into a playroom.

    Mr Martin spent £724,600 of public money on the flat from 2000 to 2008.

    Mr Bercow, who has three young children and at 46 is the youngest Commons Speaker in modern times, has previously noted it was a "fantastic apartment but it's not altogether child friendly".

    The Telegraph reported it had see the document detailing the changes to be made, including £6,764.30 on a new sofa suite, £760 on a window seat cushions, £3,600 on window locks, £90.95 on mattresses and sheets and £275 on eight lampshades.

    Other costs include £3,880 on planters to make the terrace more child friendly and £1,087 on decorating a study to turn it into a playroom.

    The House of Commons in house maintenance was also asked to check that the access to wall ducts was child proof.

    A spokeswoman for the House of Commons said Mr Bercow was "happy that this information is in the public domain, that the public know how this money has been spent".
     
  2. And the gravy train keeps running..............
     
  3. Pararegtom

    Pararegtom LE Book Reviewer

    No change there then. :roll:
     
  4. I just could not believe this when I read it in the Telegraph. What bloody planet do these creeps inhabit?
     
  5. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    £3,600 for window locks

    surely some mistake
     
  6. Fcuk sake man, my block needs a lick of paint, can i get it done...can i fuck!
     
  7. Pararegtom

    Pararegtom LE Book Reviewer









    Meridan what planet do you live on , you know the locks have to be bespoke fitted and the craftsmen will come from Paris after finishing the restoration at Versailles
     
  8. I am loving the £760 on a window seat cushions....

    where do these people shop?
     


  9. I think there is, I quote £25 to screw them all shut :D
     
  10. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    seriously how many windows are we talking about

    10, 20, 50

    Even at 50 windows that's over £70 each
     
  11. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Just replaced mine - Euro 35 each for a replacement locking handle with a decent Abus lock barrel.
     
  12. I spotted that and concluded that I am clearly in the wrong business. Perhaps as well as looking at MPs expenses we should also look at some of the punters who are carrying out these jobs for MPs?
    whf
     
  13. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    Ah, but that will have added taxes for 'listed building work', 'working for a politician' and 'bleeding the taxpayer'

    What's wrong with teaching your children to keep away from windows, not to hang out of them, and to take the consequences if they disobey? That's free.


    Unless you need a taxpayer-funded nanny to pay for it....
     
  14. I wonder where all the stuff that Martin bought has gone. Is it not the property of the state? I mean, there's nearly 3/4 of a million pounds spent on that place by Martin, and now the new dribbler has got to spend another 20k?
     
  15. And we are surprised that oik Burcow has only one molecule difference in his money grubbing and troughing ways from Gorbels mick and the rest of the 'socialistic freeloaders that are the supposed great and good that lead us!'