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Monday, February 04, 2008

All aboard The Westminster Gravy Train

Another day, another story of Britain's political elite feathering their own nest- at the taxpayer's expense. The Evening Standard reports how a husband-and-wife MP couple have claimed £165,000 in Commons expenses for their £700,000 second home six years after they paid off their mortgage.

"Tory politicians Sir Nicholas and Ann Winterton switched their fashionable London apartment to a family trust and used their parliamentary allowances to avoid death duty. Using a loophole in Commons rules, they claim more than £30,000 a year in "rent" from the public purse, which is paid to a family trust set up for their two children."

You can read more about the charming Wintertons and their delightful ruse here.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that at least 144 MPs have put relatives on the public payroll.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good luck to them all as they play the system, except those who have caused death and misery to British servicemen while aggrandising themselves.