Monday, May 4, 2009

Sack ’em all

Labour peer Baroness Uddin claims £100,000 expenses on empty flat

A LABOUR peer who lives in the East End of London has claimed about £100,000 in parliamentary expenses on a flat in Kent that neighbours say has been unoccupied for years. Baroness Uddin, who worked closely with Tony and Cherie Blair, has been claiming allowances intended for peers living outside London although she resides only four miles from the Lords. Inquiries by The Sunday Times have established that the baroness bought a two-bedroom flat in Maidstone in 2005 and has named it as her main home to claim almost £30,000 a year in accommodation expenses from the House of Lords.

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5 thoughts on “Sack ’em all

  • The local council should slap an empty homes order on it if it is unoccupied.

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  • sack em?

    Hang the useless fuggers would be a better option.

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  • This is blatant milking of the system. These scheming politicians wring their hands when it comes to primary education budgets and extra nurses on the friday night “drunk shift” at A&E, telling them they have no more money.

    I don’t work in either area, but admire the teachers and NHS workers devotion to people.

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  • This is the front page summary of a bigger spread inside the ST. There is more detail on the flat in Kent but they also “home” in on second home expenses claimed prior to the purchase of the Kent flat in 2005 – they could find no answer to where her first home was then.

    There is also the matter of overnight stay expenses of £183,000 claimed between 2001 and 2009. In fact she has lived with her family in Wapping – four miles from parliament – since 1993. She spends most of her time there and young neighbours call her auntie.

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  • Clockslinger says:

    How about just giving our elected representatives regular doses of their own medicine. One could always start by calling up the benefits hotline and with your suspicions on how your hard earned tax has been stolen for jollies or furnishings, fittings and videos for second (unused) homes! Not that you need for any proof… “if you SUSPECT it report it”! It’s official!! Here in Brighton the police even run an advertising campaign “Too much bling..Give us a ring”! Hmmm…like the vernacular there. Fits right in with the Jackie Smith and her “estuary english lite”.

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