Parliamentary expenses body IPSA citing commercial confidentiality to avoid declaring the rent on its new Millbank headquarters has yellow-jacketed MP Bob Russell foaming at the mouth: “So the organisation which requires MPs to give in great detail what operating costs they incur in terms of office rents and stationery is not required to tell the public […]

Nigel Farage asked to explain why his office electricity bill is £3,000 per year: Murnaghan: “What are you doing in there? What are you running in there? Farage: “Running machines, running banks for computers. Doing things! Doing things! Doing things that use a lot more electricity than many household chores do” Murhahan: “It sounds like […]

While today’s Times front page (£) brings news of a prospective fraud investigation into Nigel Farage’s office expenses, observers will remember that the UKIP leader has already admitted milking the European expenses system … errr, last week. “If you are accusing me of taking the wherewithal provided by the European Parliament for us as MEPs and […]

“She said sorry — but she didn’t mean it!” is the gist of Labour MP Sheila Gilmore’s letter to the Standards Committee. Here’s the two key paragraphs: “Rather than meaningfully address the arrogant and evasive attitude that characterised her behaviour during the inquiry, she chose to reinforce it in the House of Commons, revealing Mrs […]

Miller given “warm support” from Cameron after  £5,800 overclaim As minister for disabled people Miller was silent on ‘scroungers’ rhetoric from colleagues Abuse is more than 100 times value of benefit fraud per claimant UPDATE: Given the independent parliamentary commissioner for standards originally recommended she repay £45,000 (this was overruled by a committee of MPs) […]

A bitter row has ensued up in the North East after Redcar MP Ian Swales broke his pre-election pledge to publish expenses on his personal website. But perhaps his reluctance to put his claims somewhere his constituents might easily scrutinise them relates to them footing the bill for Liberal Democrat propaganda. Swales is now under investigation by the […]

A Tory MP whose office told constituents he was too busy to respond to their emails purchased a £750 iPad on expenses. The office of Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman told constituents who contacted him regarding NHS reforms that he couldn’t be bothered to write back to them: “Due to the overwhelming volume of correspondence George has received […]

“You get what pay for”, said Tory Ian Liddell-Grainger when defending the largest MP expense claims in the South West. “The majority of the money has been spent on staff costs. I employ slightly more people than most but they are a really good team.” So who are is superhuman troupe toiling day and night for the […]