Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cameron's Parliamentary Advisor resigns over expenses

BBC News ticker: Andrew MacKay resigns as David Cameron's Commons aide over 'unacceptable' expenses claims

Now, does this mean he has resigned because he's refusing to pay the money back? Has the whip been withdrawn? Guess we'll have to wait for details.

Also now on Sky News. The new "scrutiny panel" met for the first time today, and Camero told Sky that "if [MPs] do not co-operate they will not be able to be Conservative MPs." Wonder if this is what has happened to Mackay?

UPDATE: Apparently Mackay, and his MP wife, Julie Kirkbride, both claimed full second home allowances on two separate properties. Sky have written that,
"The Press Association says Mr MacKay, who is married to Bromsgrove Tory MP Julie Kirkbride, claimed the full second-home allowance for interest on their joint mortgage for a London home until April this year.

But at the same time his wife also claimed the full annual sum for mortgage interest on a constituency home - meaning they appeared to have two second homes but no main home, sources said."
Coining it basically.


Anonymous said...

Looks like Cam's cleaner was better thann Gordon's (shared) cleaner.

Rocksteady Eddie said...

They shouldn't have the option to resign they should be sacked and what about his wife, why is she still in office, they were both involved in this scam!

wonderfulforhisage said...

I have to say that there is a strange and almost mesmerising elegance to their chutzpah.

jailhouselawyer said...

Quick get the prison building programme underway and throw the lot of expenses fraudsters in clink!

Anonymous said...

And of course they can each claim over £5000 in mileage costs last year and a total of £1800 between them for Spouse travel (FFS).