miliband and hepburn caught with their snouts in the trough

The Pig Sty House of Commons has finally published details of MPs’ expenses claims – more than a year after the High Court ordered their publication and weeks after they were leaked to the Daily Telegraph.

Revelations about their claims have forced some MPs to announce their resignations and yesterday junior Treasury minister, Kitty Ussher became the latest MP to quit the Government following allegations that she avoided paying capital gains tax by “flipping” her second home.

The list of MPs expenses includes printed documents and receipts relating to claims made between 2004/05 and 2007/08 for a series of parliamentary allowances, but it seems they are still a bit coy about telling the public the whole truth – many details have been blanked out or have been left out altogether.

These include claims under the £24,000-a-year Additional Costs Allowance, which reimburses MPs for the cost of having to maintain a second home while serving at Westminster; the £22,000 Incidental Expenses Provision, which pays for running an office; and the £10,400 Communications Allowance, which covers the cost of newsletters and websites to inform constituents about their activities; as well as details of expenditure on stationery and postage.

Many of the expense claims and supporting receipts feature large blacked out areas where it’s not always clear what has been obscured or why.

The list does not include the addresses of MPs’ homes, which means it’s virtually impossible to identify so-called flipping – where MPs switch the designation of their second properties to maximise their claims and avoid paying capital gains tax.

Also blanked out are the details of people and companies to whom payments were made using expenses and correspondence between MPs and the Commons Fees Office have also been removed.

But despite this cover up it seems our local MPs have well and truly had their snouts in the trough, CLICK HERE for details of Jarrow MP, Stephen Hepburn’s expenses and HERE for details South Shields MP, David Miliband’s claims.


10 Responses to “miliband and hepburn caught with their snouts in the trough”

  1. 1 charlie
    18/06/2009 at 15:56

    Mmmm. Odd, now i’m no expert, so what i am saying may not stand up, but, David Millibands expenses seem to be far less than our Mr Hepburns at first glance.

  2. 2 Starsky and Hutch
    18/06/2009 at 18:19

    Whats the news on your mate Ahmed Khan then has he been arrested and charged or what?

  3. 3 Whieleas Billy
    18/06/2009 at 19:33

    You got nothing to say about that story on the front of the Gazette then chimp?

  4. 4 Whiteleas Billy
    18/06/2009 at 19:34

    Yeah the one aboot Khan.

  5. 5 Mr Monkey
    18/06/2009 at 21:04

    Starsky, ask the Hobbit over at the Shire he seems to know more than he’s telling us – maybe the Police should speak to him too.

  6. 6 Mr Monkey
    18/06/2009 at 21:07

    Sorry this chimp can’t help you Whiteleas Billy, they don’t let monkeys into police stations.

  7. 7 John
    18/06/2009 at 21:26

    It’s amazing how Mr Hepburn seems to claim the exact same amount on his ACA each month (£1,923) except for the times £10 was knocked off as he had over claimed on food, obviously he never made that mistake again.

    What’s also amazing is he claimed for Council Tax every month, even though it’s collected over a ten month period by councils. Unless of course he was claiming it back on an accruals/prepayment basis, in which case I do apologise to the honourable gentleman, but I somehow doubt he would understand the meaning of the words let alone how to calculate it.

    I shall shortly write a very angry letter to him in which I will fisk him till his nose bleeds. I suggest everyone who lives in his constituency and reads this blog does the same, who knows… they may replace him with an Alsation and all the morons in the the area can vote blindly for that come the next election

  8. 8 Jennie
    18/06/2009 at 22:37


    Comment moderation needed!

  9. 9 Jonny
    18/06/2009 at 22:57

    I wondered if Hepburn would ever appear on these pages…………

  10. 01/07/2009 at 18:25

    From what I have heard That Hepburn’s expenses should be higher than is quoted, As he pay’s
    for an escort, to keep the prying eye’s off him, Need i say anymore,

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