Thursday, December 06, 2007

Has Barbara Follett broken the funding rules?

Recently Ken Follett, husband of Barbara Follett MP told Andy Marr on BBC TV that "I actually subsidise [her office] to the tune of every year at least a hundred thousand pounds a year". Under the rules any financial or material support above £1000 from a single source should be registered with the Electoral Commission and the Register of Members' Interests. However, Barbara Follett has done neither.

She has registered that she has remunerated employment as a communications consultant for her husband. However, according to the Parliamentary rules anything "from which the Member receives any financial or material benefit in support of his or her role as a Member of Parliament" should be registered as sponsorship.

The Huntsman has much more detail here.

Update 17:20: A statement has been issued by Follett.

3 comments:

jacob said...

Why should donations be registered with the electoral commission? individual MPs are not accounting units, after all.

Teesbridge said...

Oh, do get a grip.

Compliance is for little people.

Dave Bartlett said...

I don't see how anyone can see scandal in Mrs Follett actions. It's not like she's taking bribes for heaven's sake.