Plod called in on MPs' expenses leak
Police have been called in to investigate the apparent presence of a mole in the Parliamentary fees office.
The Daily Telegraph today ran a series of stories exposing ministers' expenses claims, after it obtained the data from a confidential source.
A middle man has reportedly been shopping a CD containing fees office records to newspapers for several weeks. It's been suggested the Telegraph paid £150,000 for the data, which was also the basis of the recent exposure of Jacqui Smith's husband reclaiming the cost of on-demand porn from the taxpayer.
This afternoon, Malcolm Jack, the Clerk of the House of Commons, wrote to MPs saying there were "reasonable grounds" to suspect criminal behaviour.
In a statement, House authorities said: "[We] have received advice that there are reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence may have been committed in relation to the way in which information relating to Members' allowances has been handled.
"A report has been made to the Metropolitan police, asking them to consider the matter."
The ministers named in today's expenses stories have all denied wrongdoing. ®
The plods should be investigating the MPs, if anyone else in this country lied about their primary residence to avoid capital gains tax they would be in prison for defrauding the inland revenue. After the radio campaigns about benefit fraud this parliment should be dissolved!
Lock them up!
Yeah don't investigate yourselves for stealing from the tax payer! Instead investigate the person who caught you out. Pure hypocrisy! They make the laws so if they say that what they do is ok then it's ok. Well it's not... They've elevated themselves from commoners in the House of Commons to a new aristocracy.
If an ordinary person stole this sort of money from the tax payer (by not declaring income or claiming undue benefits) then they would be prosecuted or even imprisoned. The same laws should apply here. No wonder nobody has any respect for the British government. Just watch how they behave in parliament and you'll find your primary school children are more responsible and mature.
I don't know why we put up with it. They're all as bad as each other. Guy Fawkes had the right idea. It's time for this scum to go - we need a real democracy where politicians actually represent the population of this country, and I don't mean the conservatives. I mean a new breed of politicians that actually value this country.
So the twats in Westminster want to prosecute a man for doing what is a statutory duty up here in 'North Britain'?
There has been the odd ruckus here over taxi expenses and the like, but everything is supposed to be noted on the "Register of Interests" for an MSP.