Here we go again. How many more skeletons are there in the vast cupboards of Westminster? How many more MPs will pontificate seriously about fiscal deficit while simultaneously trousering large sums of public money in ways that do not bear close scrutiny?
The latest revelation (who tipped them off?) appeared in Saturday’s Telegraph.
‘The Daily Telegraph’s Expenses Files show that between 2004 and 2007, Mr Laws claimed between £700 and £950 a month to sub-let a room in a flat in Kennington, south London. This flat was owned by the MP’s partner who was also registered as living at the property. The partner sold the flat for a profit of £193,000 in 2007.
In 2007, Mr Laws’s partner then bought another house nearby for £510,000. The MP then began claiming to rent the “second bedroom” in this property. His claims increased to £920 a month. The partner also lived at the property. Mr Laws’s main home is in his Yeovil constituency. The arrangement continued until September 2009, when parliamentary records show that Mr Laws switched his designated second home and began renting another flat at taxpayers’ expense. His partner remained at the Kennington house.’
It is a nonsense to continue with this second home shenanigans. It is time to buy decent flats for MPs, owned by the state. If MPs choose to live elsewhere, “to protect their sexuality” so be it – but at their own expense.
How many more MPs are sweating, waiting for further revelations – brought about by mendacious coalition colleagues? And just how many more greedy stupid MPs are there?