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If the procedure above was in place before the 2010 general election we wouldn’t have had Tory Lord Hanningfield obtaining so much taxpayers’ money for doing so little in return. His story is a terrific one with an ending that sums up the state of Parliament today.
In 2011 Hanningfield was sentenced to nine months in prison after being found guilty of nearly £14,000 worth of expenses fraud. He served a quarter of the sentence in jail.
In 2014 after being let out of jail he returned to his Lord position and was caught out again after his peerage attendance was monitored by reporters in July 2014.
July 1st – Arrives: 14:26 Leaves: 14:54 = 28 minutes earning him £300.
July 3rd – Arrives: 15:21 Leaves: 15:59 = 38 minutes for another £300.
July 4th – Arrives: 11:57 Leaves: 12:33 = 36 minutes for another £300.
July 8th – Arrives: 14:35 Leaves: 15:09 = 34 minutes for another £300.
We wouldn’t blame you if you thought this was fiction. Sadly this is what happened – and it continued throughout July of 2014. Every penny of this is taxpayers’ money.
July 9th – Arrives: 14:35 Leaves: 15:02 = 27 minutes for £300.
July 10th – Arrives: 15:31 Leaves: 15:58 = 27 minutes for £300.
July 16th – Arrives: 14:37 Leaves: 15:01 = 24 minutes for £300.
July 18th – Arrives: 12:17 Leaves: 12:43 = 26 minutes for £300.
July 22nd – Arrives: 14:26 Leaves: 15:00 = 34 minutes for £300.
July 23rd – Arrives: 15:06 Leaves: 15:27 = 21 minutes for £300.
July 24th – Arrives: 14:54 Leaves: 15:47 = 53 minutes for £300.
July 29th – Arrives: 14:27 Leaves: 15:00 = 33 minutes for £300.
July 30th: Lord Hanningfield claimed £5,700 for all that ‘work’.
In 2016 Lord Hanningfield was acquitted of submitting false expenses claims after Parliament exercised its right to decide that the main issue in the case does not fall under the jurisdiction of the criminal courts. No further action was taken.
To this day any peer is free to do exactly the same as Tory Lord Hanningfield, claiming £300 per day merely for turning up and leaving shortly afterwards. You will therefore see the advantage of a clock-in card system.
Theresa May claims there’s no connection between the Tories being in power since 2010 and NURSES having to use foodbanks!
Would you vote for criminals?
Criminal charges against a raft of Conservative MPs and their agents, are being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service over election expenses at the last general election, Channel 4 News can reveal.
As for the general election itself it seems the Tories want you to ignore this (along with many other things) and concentrate on Brexit.
We could instead vote for those who are not only perfectly capable of Brexit negotiations but actively prevent further DWP related deaths and comply with the United Nations demands for treating disabled people properly. Our NHS is in a mess and it has been made worse by the Tories who have put their own financial interests first.
As for those who don’t want to vote for anyone – look how well that turned out…
‘Election Expenses Exposed’ is a series of in-depth investigations by Channel 4 News revealing serious allegations that go to the very heart of democracy in Britain.
“Now our revelations have led to more than a dozen police investigations, and what is understood to be the largest ever investigation by the Electoral Commission. Here’s how the story unfolded.”
The clock is ticking on #electionexpenses. The deadlines for police action start to expire around two years after the 2015 General Election.
Charts showing overspend by each MP