Speaker orders £20,000 refurb

#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".
 
#6
Fcuk sake man, my block needs a lick of paint, can i get it done...can i fuck!
 

Pararegtom

LE
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#7
meridian said:
£3,600 for window locks

surely some mistake








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
 

Alsacien

MIA
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#11
meridian said:
seriously how many windows are we talking about

10, 20, 50

Even at 50 windows that's over £70 each
Just replaced mine - Euro 35 each for a replacement locking handle with a decent Abus lock barrel.
 
#12
meridian said:
£3,600 for window locks

surely some mistake
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
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

LE
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#13
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!'
 
#16
#18
What is this obsession with 'childproofing'? Parents today seem to believe there is an accident (or a paedophile) waiting around every corner (and even the corner has protective padding). Every surface is Detoxed and playing out is tantamount to child abuse. Don't try blaming the 'nanny state' for this one. It is the fault of stupid, over-protective parents, who haven't got a mind of their own.

Anyway, back to the thread. I don't happen to think £20k is all that bad, bearing in mind these are the grandest state apartments in London. It pales into insignificance compared to the sums lavished on the place before him by Martin and Irving. He did try to budget, by giving the poor bloody housekeeper an Ikea bed!
 
#19
'They' simply do NOT understand! It was predicted that the 'berk' Bercow would be a disreputable pain.

That said, I would need to spend some money (mine sadly) were I take to take-over a quarter from 'Gorbals' Mick!
 
#20
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
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....
If it's good enough for a rock star like Eric Clapton, it should be good enough for Westminster's finest.
 
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