Official documents have revealed that salaries, expense claims and sundry costs incurred by MPs have increased over the past year despite humiliating revelations about expenses swindles.
The average MP claimed nearly £170,000 in allowances, causing a total rise of £109 million in such claims for the year to April 2009. This amounted to an increase of 5.7 percent over the previous period.
At the same time, unemployment amongst ordinary British people rose to 2.78 million and many private sector salaries were cut as taxpayers struggled to cope with the disaster inflicted upon us by the Tory and Labour-supporting bankster class.
Meanwhile, the full list of MPs from all the old parties who objected to having to pay back their swindled expenses has been released. According to the papers, Labour ministers and Tory shadow ministers are among 70 MPs who lodged appeals after being told to pay back some of their taxpayer-funded Commons expenses.
Seven current members of the Government, two Conservative front benchers, 15 former ministers and one former party leader have appealed against Sir Thomas Legg’s demands for repayment.
The list of names, published in a Sunday newspaper, reveal that at least 35 Labour MPs and former Labour MPs have appealed against Sir Thomas’s findings, as well as 30 Conservatives, three Liberal Democrats and two Independents.
Sir Thomas’s report, due for official release on Thursday, identifies more than 300 MPs who made “improper” claims.
Those who appealed against having to pay back their expenses include Vera Baird, Stephen McCabe, Dan Norris, Frank Roy, Claire Ward, Phil Woolas and Michael Foster, all of whom are current ministers or Government whips.
They are joined by two Tory frontbenchers, Ed Vaizey and Julian Lewis, and Michael Howard, the former Conservative Party leader.
Others who appealed included:
- Sir Peter Viggers, the Tory MP who included with his expense claims the £1,645 cost of a floating duck house at his Hampshire home.
- Kitty Ussher, who resigned as Treasury minister when it was found she avoided paying up to £17,000 in tax on the sale of her constituency home.
- Douglas Hogg, the former Tory minister, who included with his expenses claims the cost of having his moat cleared, piano tuned and stable lights fixed at his country manor.
- Andrew MacKay and Julie Kirkbride, the Conservative husband-and-wife MPs who made claims that meant they effectively had no main home but two ‘second homes’, both funded with public money.
According to the Sunday newspaper which released the names, the revelation that Tories appealed against paying back their swindled expenses is likely to cause trouble within that party.
In a desperate and unsuccessful attempt to distance his party from the criminal activities of MPs, Tory leader David Cameron ordered his MPs not to appeal against demands for payment out of fear of annoying voters.
It seems, however, that the Tories are just as greedy as their Labour and Lib-Dem counterparts. Some could not understand why the taxpayers should not pay for their duck houses or to have their pianos tuned.
The British National Party is the only political party to have come up with a concise plan to halt this expenses racket once and for all.
All MPs should be provided with living and working accommodation in a state-provided Travelodge type building near Westminster when Parliament is in session.
In that way, costs can be capped and strictly controlled. If an MP wishes to live outside of that accommodation, it will be exclusively at their own cost — just like any other working person in this country.