Posts Tagged 'Ray Mallon'

MPs’ Expenses: Crime and Punishment

One must congratulate the Daily Telegraph on its ability to spin so much out of its outlay. This has been helped by its fellow media outlets who are still content to feast on the tawdry but irresistable nuggets. The initial reports were of breaking the spirit of the rules and I am not inclined to have MPs pay the money back. Like the public apology, I see no true purpose in it. What is needed is patience and a full redrafting of the manner in which MPs are remunerated and compensated for extraneous expenses.  Don’t blame the players, blame the game.

However what we are now faced with are two clear cases of fraudulent activity. It is astonishing that Ray Mallon, the mayor of Middlesbrough has had to ask for a police investigation to be instigated. Former minister Elliot Morley has been suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party after claiming £16,000 expenses for a mortgage he had already paid off. But when did he pay this back? If recently, then clearly there is a case for arresting and charging him for fraud. Equally husband and wife MPs Andrew MacKay and/or Julie Kirkbride have police questions to answer,

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