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Hanningfield re-arrested

Lord Hanningfield, who was released earlier this week after serving only three months of a nine-month jail term for fraudulent accounting, has been re-arrested by Essex Police.

Hanningfield was originally jailed for fiddling almost £14k of expenses while he was sitting in the House of Lords and Leader of Essex County Council. It looks as though he’s been double-dipping into the public purse and charging twice for travel/accommodation expenses.

He’s been released on bail until next year. Let’s hope that if he’s found guilty he serves more than three months this time since he seems to be a serial cheat and re-offender. He’s another public servant who steals because they feel they’re “entitled.”

Hanningfield Re-arrested

Lord Hanningfield, who was released earlier this week after serving only three months of a nine-month jail term for fraudulent accounting, has been re-arrested by Essex Police.

Hanningfield was originally jailed for fiddling almost £14k of expenses while he was sitting in the House of Lords and Leader of Essex County Council. It looks as though he’s been double-dipping into the public purse and charging twice for travel/accommodation expenses.

He’s been released on bail until next year. Let’s hope that if he’s found guilty he serves more than three months this time since he seems to be a serial cheat and re-offender. He’s another public servant who steals because they feel they’re “entitled.”

Just For The Record

It’s yesterday’s news about the thieving low-life toerag ex-Minister Elliot Morley.

There still aren’t enough MPs facing charges or being jailed for my liking. Fiddling expenses or flipping homes was pretty much accepted practice and endemic – there are many MPs who got away with it. They still have the nerve to complain that the current IPSA rules are too tough on them. Tough sh!t.

LBC article

Hanningfield update

On the first day of the trial, which is expected to last between 5-8 days, the jury heard the Prosecution outline the case against Lord Hanningfield. The Conservative Peer is charged with six counts of theft by false accounting aka stealing from the public purse and in fact when he once claimed overnight accommodation costs he was actually on a flight to India. To support his fictitious claims for o/night accommodation he went on to create fictitious travel expenses – a tangled web.

“He never stayed overnight in London at any stage during the period in the charges.

“On the vast majority of nights he went home to Hanningfield. On the few occasions he did not, he was not in London.

“He was variously on a plane bound for India or at hotels outside London, all paid for by someone else, mainly Essex county council.

“The majority of Lord Hanningfield’s travel claims in each of the six months were false: either he did not make the journeys he claimed for, [or] if he did make the journey it was paid for by Essex county council.

When he was caught out he claimed Parliamentary Privilege and then he pleaded Not Guilty; the only thing he didn’t do was claim Legal Aid (like Chaytor, Devine and Morley).

He didn’t stand in the dock though:

The trial judge, Mr Justice Saunders, allowed Hanningfield to sit behind his team of lawyers instead of in the dock because the peer has hearing difficulties.

Maybe any fmotl can tell me if that’s of any significance.

Hanningfield Update

On the first day of the trial, which is expected to last between 5-8 days, the jury heard the Prosecution outline the case against Lord Hanningfield. The Conservative Peer is charged with six counts of theft by false accounting aka stealing from the public purse and in fact when he once claimed overnight accommodation costs he was actually on a flight to India. To support his fictitious claims for o/night accommodation he went on to create fictitious travel expenses – a tangled web.

“He never stayed overnight in London at any stage during the period in the charges.

“On the vast majority of nights he went home to Hanningfield. On the few occasions he did not, he was not in London.

“He was variously on a plane bound for India or at hotels outside London, all paid for by someone else, mainly Essex county council.

“The majority of Lord Hanningfield’s travel claims in each of the six months were false: either he did not make the journeys he claimed for, [or] if he did make the journey it was paid for by Essex county council.

When he was caught out he claimed Parliamentary Privilege and then he pleaded Not Guilty; the only thing he didn’t do was claim Legal Aid (like Chaytor, Devine and Morley).

He didn’t stand in the dock though:

The trial judge, Mr Justice Saunders, allowed Hanningfield to sit behind his team of lawyers instead of in the dock because the peer has hearing difficulties.

Maybe any fmotl can tell me if that’s of any significance.

Friday Post

With all the comings and goings I forgot it was Friday.

Big mice in the HoC

If my maths is correct that means the catering budget per annum for the Commons is £1.75 million, which equates to just under £2700 per MP per year and if you want to be more pedantic, that’s just over £224 per month each. So on top of us funding food allowances, among all the other bollocks we pay for, we are also funding the catering of tea rooms and function halls within Parliament and this food isn’t being paid for.

It’s the same old same old and we shouldn’t lose sight of it.

>Secret Repayments MPs Named

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The MPs who were secretly reimbursed expenses they had been ordered to repay have been named:

Roger Berry £635.25 refund for furniture
Chris Bryant £1,303.74 for mortgage and water rates
Sir John Butterfill £15,114.30 for servants’ quarters
Liam Byrne £1,349.41 for mobile phone and rent
Jon Cruddas £319.94
John Cummings £2,727.06 for cleaning
Paul Flynn £440.87 for life insurance
Cheryl Gillan £4.47 for dog food
Geoff Hoon £245.47 for TV licence and insurance
Stewart Jackson £876 for maintenance
Sally Keeble £3737.74 for mortgage overpayments
Alan Keen £976.85 for claiming for 2nd home which was uninhabitable while repairs being carried out
Ann Keen £976.86 for claiming for 2nd home which was uninhabitable while repairs being carried out
Andrew Lansley£138.80 for repairs and decorations to Tudor cottage shortly before selling.
Rob Marris £3,283.39
Christine McCafferty £2,086.75 for mortgage overpayments and fitted wardrobe
William McCrea £878.79 for furniture
Bill Olner £660.97 for cleaning
Lembit Opik £40 for court summons for late payment of council tax
Baroness Quin £1,504 for repair of broken shower
John Reid £4,604.63 for “overlapping” claims between renting and leasing properties
Iris Robinson £299.83
Jim Sheriden £379.41
Joan Walley £1,303 for furniture
Wayne David £189.98
Richard Younger-Ross £3,170.92 for furniture

The Keen double act are on the list and how nice it is to see Sir John Butterfill not out of pocket after the taxpayers paid  £15k+ for the refurbishment of his servants’ quarters.

IPSA, the expensively-funded and ‘independent’ body set up to toughen regulation, is proving to be ineffectual as it backtracks on previous proposals and not nearly enough MPs have been referred to the Met or seen the inside of a Courtroom.

Insert your own expletives – I’m beyond caring anymore.  The sun is shining and I need a day out of the mire.