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  • Anne Main MP is one of Tories’ most vocal backers of hated tax
  • Victims pay on average £65 per month for a ‘spare room’
  • But she gave daughter WHOLE FLAT funded by MPs’ expenses

One of the most forceful, not to say colourful, contributions to the Bedroom Tax debate last week was from St Alban’s MP Anne Main, who has since been forced to “clarify” her offensive comments in her local paper:

“Unicorns do not exist, fairies do not exist and—it does not matter how often Opposition Members say it—a bedroom tax does not exist.”

Please forgive Scrapbook’s tardiness in highlighting her breathtaking hypocrisy, brought to our attention by a reader. Referencing Labour’s 2004 plans for a similar measure for the private rented sector, Main — who was filmed addressing the Commons in front of a sleeping Tory colleague (VIDEO) — said:

“Labour started the process that should have been continued by ensuring that people paid for the accommodation that they were using.”

One person who certainly wasn’t “paying for the accomodation they were using” was Main’s 27 year-old daughter, who lived rent free for up to three years in a second home funded by MPs’ expenses. So that’s £40,000 in mortgage interest payments on the taxpayer (plus conveyancing fees, furnishings, council tax and refurbishments).

This is a woman who wants to charge 400,000 disabled people up to £832 per year to remain in their own homes.

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2013/11/anne-main-bedroom-tax-hypocrisy-free-flat-for-daughter/

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  • Anne Main MP is one of Tories’ most vocal backers of hated tax

  • Victims pay on average £65 per month for a ‘spare room’

  • But she gave daughter WHOLE FLAT funded by MPs’ expenses

One of the most forceful, not to say colourful, contributions to the Bedroom Tax debate last week was from St Alban’s MP Anne Main, who has since been forced to “clarify” her offensive comments in her local paper:

“Unicorns do not exist, fairies do not exist and—it does not matter how often Opposition Members say it—a bedroom tax does not exist.”

Please forgive Scrapbook’s tardiness in highlighting her breathtaking hypocrisy, brought to our attention by a reader. Referencing Labour’s 2004 plans for a similar measure for the private rented sector, Main — who was filmed addressing the Commons in front of a sleeping Tory colleague (VIDEO) — said:

“Labour started the process that should have been continued by ensuring that people paid for the accommodation that they were using.”

One person who certainly wasn’t “paying for the accomodation they were using” was Main’s 27 year-old daughter, who lived rent free for up to three years in a second home funded by MPs’ expenses. So that’s £40,000 in mortgage interest payments on the taxpayer (plus conveyancing fees, furnishings, council tax and refurbishments).

This is a woman who wants to charge 400,000 disabled people up to £832 per year to remain in their own homes.

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2013/11/anne-main-bedroom-tax-hypocrisy-free-flat-for-daughter/

I think we need to be absolutely crystal clear on this.

...mis-appropriation of public money is THEFT.

thieves need to be punished..

they should be thankful they will get a spell in a nice comfy cell, a few years from now they might not have that luxury and find themselves minus a limb or two.

in the mean time, we should adopt the swedish system...ie MP's have access to public owned domiceile for the duration of their tenure as MP...no more.

no more sweeties kids, playtime is over.

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Only been in power a few years and the Tories are troughing like no tomorrow. You would have thought they would have the decency to at least win an overall majority first.

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Only been in power a few years and the Tories are troughing like no tomorrow. You would have thought they would have the decency to at least win an overall majority first.

Remember by the Major years they were troughing like no tomorrow.

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Only been in power a few years and the Tories are troughing like no tomorrow. You would have thought they would have the decency to at least win an overall majority first.

Most people won't connect this with the Conservative party specifically, they will just assume that many/most MPs from all parties are at it and this one just happened to get caught.

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Most people won't connect this with the Conservative party specifically, they will just assume that many/most MPs from all parties are at it and this one just happened to get caught.

Telegraph editorial: It’s no coincidence the MPs found guilty of fiddling are all Labour

The party may take the moral high ground, but lying and cheating are deep in its DNA...

...Why is it that only Labour MPs have been found guilty of expenses fraud as a result of the Telegraph revelations?

Yesterday’s decision by Mr MacShane (one of the most dishonest characters with whom I have ever had the misfortune to do business) brings to six the number of MPs who have been convicted or pleaded guilty. Not a single one is Tory, Lib Dem or from one of the nationalist parties. All six are Labour.

Some people will doubtless argue that the fact that only Labour MPs have been convicted is interesting but meaningless. I don’t think this can be true. Mathematicians tell us that the statistical probability against a coin coming up heads six times in a row is 64-1. In other words there is only one chance in 64 that Labour’s score of 6/6 was a coincidence.

There is an overwhelming likelihood that it is indeed statistically significant that only Labour MPs have been found guilty as a result of the expenses investigation. Labour members of the House of Commons need to face up to the uncomfortable truth. The outcome of the Telegraph investigation strongly suggests they are much more likely to lie, cheat and steal than members of other parties. Now that the expenses scandal has drawn to a close, they urgently need to ask themselves why that should be....

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The party may take the moral high ground, but lying and cheating are deep in its DNA...

This works just as well for the Tories as for labor. Or the Lib Dems. Or for just about any political party you care to think of

Lets face reality here- these people have no honor.

All of them speak publicly of morality and all of them are venal and corrupt.

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Telegraph editorial: It’s no coincidence the MPs found guilty of fiddling are all Labour

The party may take the moral high ground, but lying and cheating are deep in its DNA...

...Why is it that only Labour MPs have been found guilty of expenses fraud as a result of the Telegraph revelations?

Yesterday’s decision by Mr MacShane (one of the most dishonest characters with whom I have ever had the misfortune to do business) brings to six the number of MPs who have been convicted or pleaded guilty. Not a single one is Tory, Lib Dem or from one of the nationalist parties. All six are Labour.

Some people will doubtless argue that the fact that only Labour MPs have been convicted is interesting but meaningless. I don’t think this can be true. Mathematicians tell us that the statistical probability against a coin coming up heads six times in a row is 64-1. In other words there is only one chance in 64 that Labour’s score of 6/6 was a coincidence.

There is an overwhelming likelihood that it is indeed statistically significant that only Labour MPs have been found guilty as a result of the expenses investigation. Labour members of the House of Commons need to face up to the uncomfortable truth. The outcome of the Telegraph investigation strongly suggests they are much more likely to lie, cheat and steal than members of other parties. Now that the expenses scandal has drawn to a close, they urgently need to ask themselves why that should be....

Oborne is off on one here, (although not an MP) Lord Taylor springs to mind immediately and I daresay a few others can be found too:

John David Beckett, Baron Taylor of Warwick (born 21 September 1952) is a member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He became the first black Conservative peer in 1996, after unsuccessfully standing as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in Cheltenham in the 1992 general election. Taylor initially practised as a barrister and has also been a company director and a TV and radio presenter. In January 2011, after a trial in the Crown Court, he was convicted of false accounting in connection with his Parliamentary expenses claims. Taylor was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on 31 May 2011[1] but was released under home detention curfew just 3 months later.[2] At a further hearing in September 2012 he was ordered to pay £151,038 as part of the proceeds of his crimes.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Taylor,_Baron_Taylor_of_Warwick

edit Besides, since when were the Commons authorities the arbiter of reasonable behaviour regarding expenses? They might have the power to 'clear' people, but when something approaching 1 in 3 MPs have been forced to repay money claimed in error, plus the enormous sums trousered legitimately, I think their views matter rather little in 'the court of public opinion'. Many MPs (but not all) are troughers, to the hilt. There is no way an employee at a private company could get away with this sort of stuff, absolutely no way.

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Only been in power a few years and the Tories are troughing like no tomorrow. You would have thought they would have the decency to at least win an overall majority first.

Last time they won anything was 1992. At least 23 years ago (by 2015)

Astonishing that our 'democracy' permits them to do anything more important than tying their own shoelaces or trashing Oxford hostelries.

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Telegraph editorial: It's no coincidence the MPs found guilty of fiddling are all Labour

The party may take the moral high ground, but lying and cheating are deep in its DNA...

...Why is it that only Labour MPs have been found guilty of expenses fraud as a result of the Telegraph revelations?

Yesterday's decision by Mr MacShane (one of the most dishonest characters with whom I have ever had the misfortune to do business) brings to six the number of MPs who have been convicted or pleaded guilty. Not a single one is Tory, Lib Dem or from one of the nationalist parties. All six are Labour.

Some people will doubtless argue that the fact that only Labour MPs have been convicted is interesting but meaningless. I don't think this can be true. Mathematicians tell us that the statistical probability against a coin coming up heads six times in a row is 64-1. In other words there is only one chance in 64 that Labour's score of 6/6 was a coincidence.

There is an overwhelming likelihood that it is indeed statistically significant that only Labour MPs have been found guilty as a result of the expenses investigation. Labour members of the House of Commons need to face up to the uncomfortable truth. The outcome of the Telegraph investigation strongly suggests they are much more likely to lie, cheat and steal than members of other parties. Now that the expenses scandal has drawn to a close, they urgently need to ask themselves why that should be....

Is this the same guy that writes all those youtube Justin Bieber comments?

no Justin Bieber's totally awesome, and 1D sucks balls and you only like them 'cos ur old like a wizard and you have a gay ass on top of ur regular ass, asshole.

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Labourbots?

I don't care what party they belong to, if they are stealing then they should take the consequences that would apply to anyone of us reading this if we committed Fraud.

Personally I would love to see Blair and Brown in clink.

If anyone feels strongly enough about this particular case then keep tweeting and posting it on Facebook.

Alternatively you can write to Herts Police to ask if they are going to investigate this case of Fraud whilst in public office:

Andy BLISS

Chief Constable

Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters

Stanborough Road

Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire

AL8 6XF

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I understand most are apathetic to this sort of thing (I certainly am) but there is an e-petition about recalling MPs, needs a few more votes to get discussed and the chances are the turkeys won't vote for christmas but might be worth signing. The chap was on with mad max a few weeks ago, sounded reasonable sensible:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/56449

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I don't care what party they belong to, if they are stealing then they should take the consequences that would apply to anyone of us reading this if we committed Fraud.

I completely agree. Wasn't aimed at you, sorry, shoulda included a quote I guess!

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Telegraph editorial: It’s no coincidence the MPs found guilty of fiddling are all Labour

The party may take the moral high ground, but lying and cheating are deep in its DNA...

...Why is it that only Labour MPs have been found guilty of expenses fraud as a result of the Telegraph revelations?

Yesterday’s decision by Mr MacShane (one of the most dishonest characters with whom I have ever had the misfortune to do business) brings to six the number of MPs who have been convicted or pleaded guilty. Not a single one is Tory, Lib Dem or from one of the nationalist parties. All six are Labour.

Some people will doubtless argue that the fact that only Labour MPs have been convicted is interesting but meaningless. I don’t think this can be true. Mathematicians tell us that the statistical probability against a coin coming up heads six times in a row is 64-1. In other words there is only one chance in 64 that Labour’s score of 6/6 was a coincidence.

There is an overwhelming likelihood that it is indeed statistically significant that only Labour MPs have been found guilty as a result of the expenses investigation. Labour members of the House of Commons need to face up to the uncomfortable truth. The outcome of the Telegraph investigation strongly suggests they are much more likely to lie, cheat and steal than members of other parties. Now that the expenses scandal has drawn to a close, they urgently need to ask themselves why that should be....

or maybe its because labour are in opposition and those in power have made sure they are protected.

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I completely agree. Wasn't aimed at you, sorry, shoulda included a quote I guess!

Ahh right :)

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or maybe its because labour are in opposition and those in power have made sure they are protected.

If someone has been fiddling expenses then there will be an audit trail one that the police will be duty bound to investigate.

So we are looking at offences of Fraud and Misconduct in Public Office

unleash the hounds!

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One bad or more than one bad leads people think they are all bad...all in it for themselves.....get rid of the untrustworthy, the incompetent, the greedy selfish, dishonest,unethical ones that only spoil it for the rest......too many untoward, driven by self interests, mean trust only fails for the rest, when the rest may not be guilty like some surely are.....some are clearly not to be trusted or respected or followed.....best ignored. ;)

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BTW this is all from 2009/2010 afaict...

Expenses

Main was investigated by The Daily Telegraph in May 2009 for claiming a second home allowance on an apartment where her daughter lived for some of the time, rent free, while she claimed back council tax, which is only applicable to those residences that have no-one living there. On 26 June it became apparent that she would be facing a Parliamentary inquiry into these allegations under John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, following a formal complaint thought to be from a constituent.

In February 2010 Anne Main was ordered to repay £7,100 (being £2,100 wrongly claimed for food, along with an additional £5,000 to reflect the "emotional benefit" she received from having her daughter present at her second home), and to provide a written apology to the committee.

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