local conservatives party at your expense

'councillor Milburn consoles his leader after news broke that councillor Gibson got away with more expenses than he did'

'councillor Milburn consoles his leader after news broke that councillor Gibson got away with more expenses than he did'

Over the last couple of days Mr Monkey has been having another look at the expenses claims of Laurel and Hardy, the comedy duo who represent the Cleadon and East Boldon Ward, councillors Potts and Milburn.

Armed only with a diary, a calculator and a list of council committee meetings, Mr Monkey has come to the conclusion that Laurel and Hardy have been having a very fine time at the behest of the public purse. Readers will remember that Mr Monkey revealed Dumb and Dumber’s excessive expense claims in a previous post CLICK HERE

The King of Sleaze David Potts accumulated £3116.81 whilst attending the Local Government Association’s “Environment Board”, travelling up and down to London (with the odd overnight stop) via first class rail travel. Over £800 was pocketed claimed largely without the production of any receipts.

Likewise, councillor Milburn the Cleadon Plonky managed to rack up £3129.85, this time via the Local Government Associations “Strategy and Finance Board”. Not to miss out on any free money, £300 was paid out with no proof that it had actually been spent.

Those of you who frequent this site on a regular basis will not be surprised by these figures – councillor Potts has always been top of the class when it comes to sponging a publicly funded jaunt to London, a free bed for the night and a slap up meal to boot. Clearly, he has also created Milburn in his own image, indeed they both love nothing more than a good feed at the pig’s trough at the public’s expense of course. 

Whilst their greed may be galling, it’s surpassed by their total disregard for the people who elected them. Over a period of 6 consecutive LGA Environment Board meetings, cpunillor Potts never missed one of them. When it comes to 6 Community Area Forum meetings (the life blood of the councillor/electorate structure) all held within a couple of days of Potts’ trips to London, he managed to attend a grand total of ……0, zero, nil, zilch, none.

Councillor Milburn’s record is equally contemptible. 4 of his LGA Strategy and Finance Board meetings fell on the same day as his local CAF’s – Milburn chose to go to London on all four occasions, spending £1381 instead of representing those who elected him. Over the Council committee period 2008/2009, the 3 stooges – Conservative councillors for Cleadon and East Boldon (lets not forget the Donald Wood) – never managed to attend a CAF meeting as a trio. Pudgy Face Potts didn’t even manage to get his rather ample backside to one meeting, such is his laziness and contempt for the electorate.

So there you have it. When it comes to representing their communities, councillors David Potts and Jeffrey Milburn could not care less and would rather have a free couple of days in London, all paid for from the public purse.

Mr Monkey has this message for all you doubters out there … when you’re sitting in The Cottage or The Red Lion listening to the whines emanating from the mouths of Potts and Milburn as to how their reputations have been besmirched by The Monkey, remind them that all this information has been gleaned from the Councils own internet site. It’s free to use and free to see – the devil is in the detail, however, the devil is never in The Gazette!


10 Responses to “local conservatives party at your expense”

  1. 1 The Chimp
    03/07/2009 at 12:03

    In the words of the man himself: “Disgrrrrrrrraceful!”

  2. 2 Davidsnot101
    03/07/2009 at 13:07

    Haven’t you been told before that these councillors DO NOT make their own travel and overnight stay arrangements, a lady in the town hall does all that for ALL of them, they have no choice in the arrangements generally. They didn’t choose the dates and times of the meetings either, nor did they deliberately choose to be appointed to these outside bodies you twit.

    Why don’t you stick with Curly and report on the real fraudsters and liars in Shields?

  3. 3 Philip Carey
    03/07/2009 at 18:28

    National newspapers devoted many column inches to MP’s who ripped of the expenses system whilst not doing their jobs.

    The Shields Gazette has not even bothered to look at the finer points of how certain Councillors, who are not in a position of power i.e. the opposition, managed to accumulate such extravagant expenses claims.

    Why Conservative Councillors?

    Why not the Liberals?

    Why have Potts and Milburn been granted what are in effect political favours?

    Why is The Gazette not honouring its mandate to represent the Borough?

    To many questions, not enough answers.

  4. 4 Pot Pie
    03/07/2009 at 20:49

    No wonder he isn’t rushing to condemn Allen Branley’s attendance record!

    Think on , Curly.

  5. 5 Photoshop
    03/07/2009 at 21:23

    Whilst Curly Rigg trawled around Newcastle taking photographs of the old, the infirm and the young, you Mr Monkey, exposed his pals for the frauds that they are.

    The Corner Shop has had a lot to say about Branley, Khan et al – but what about Potts and Milburn?

    Don’t hold your breath; Rigg hasn’t an ounce of accountability when it comes to his Conservative bed chums.

  6. 6 Its (Your) A Disgrace
    03/07/2009 at 21:37

    Clearly David Potts, I am not a member of your “Fan Club”, or as they are known in the wider world – “The Fannies”.

    I also have no interest in “Twitter”, or as your followers are known – “The Twatters”.

    I live in your ward, and would prefer it if you would communicate with me through the medium of meetings, newsletters (not just once a year) and The Shields Gazette (forget gypsies,tramps and thieves, environmental issues or the BNP – they have no candidates in East Boldon or Cleadon, though a lot of closet racists like yourself!).

    To be honest, I would prefer it if you and Jeff spent less time in the local boozers and more time on the streets.

    Is that to much to ask for the £12,000+ a year you screw out of the taxpayer?

  7. 7 Charlie
    04/07/2009 at 07:55

    Hi. Yes. I agree. Lets see potts getting to all these caf meetings.

    – We know you read this David… So lets have some value for money … Or, let someone else do the job you are supposed to be doing… You sniffeling little shit bag…. Next caf Is Not far off… I’ll be there… Lets see if I can tempt you to go… Ha

  8. 04/07/2009 at 09:01

    As I read this I am disgusted that these two Conservative Councillor’s Milburn & Potts are not doing their job, By not attending meetings or going about their ward, Well this is simlar
    of all Councillor’s, What would piss them off if you report them to the Standards Committee,
    Maybe this will shake them out of their Cocoons – & if that do’s not work vote someone else
    in, They will not like it when they lose their little nest egg, and jollies.


  9. 9 Twatter
    04/07/2009 at 11:33

    Have a quick look at Pottsies Twitter. He says he boycotted KFC as a teenager…!
    He obviously didn’t boycott McDonalds, Burger King, Wimpy, Greggs or Dicksons… Otherwise he wouldn’t be such a fat little fuck.

  10. 10 wahabi
    05/07/2009 at 10:54

    so where does this leave us now ? wasting time with petty public attacks ?
    no people, we must take control of this scurge. let them get drunk on their small decreasing power, let them enjoy their short lived expense ridden existence because WE,
    the rightfull owners of this land are on your doorstep.

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