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Gay Chief Whip claimed £18,880 for food without submitting receipts

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  1. Brian Burton 19 May 2009, 10:46am

    Nick Brown,
    It is true then? There’s no such thing as a ‘Free Lunch’ You will pay now wont you?

  2. Well, he does look as though he is overfond of the bags of buns.

  3. So – this prize porker’s weekly expense claim is more than a pensioner receives to live on.

    Don’t you just love the new Labour version of socialism?

    Oink, oink.

  4. Sack him, sack him, sack him, sack him NOW

    Is it not enough that we feed them for next to nothing in the high class restaurants in the house of commons all subsidised. Now we find while hospital patients are fed food that is not fit for human consumption. Our MPs are filling the cupboards with food at our expense as well.

    Can anybody tell me what MPs spend the 64K we pay them on as they seem to use us to pay for everything.

  5. Yep…looks well on it!
    Certainly doesn’t look to have missed many dinners.

    Ah well.!
    There’ll be more ‘n’ ‘im yet.



  6. Simon Murphy 19 May 2009, 1:58pm

    Sack him.

  7. Another gay MP caught bang to rights.

    Immoral and dishonourable.

    He should do the decent thing and quite at the first opportunity.


  8. He should be sacked in the same way as many others should be sacked. They lack any sense of ethical behaviour.

  9. Jesus wept. When will you all get a grip and figure out that the problem is systemic. The increasingly homophobic nature of these systemic responses has not gone unnoticed. F**kwits one and all.

    MPs are underpaid and the UK public never had it so good during the Tory and Nu Labour years. System failure, systemic response. Idiotic failure, idiotic response.

  10. MPs are NOT underpaid; they receive vast privilege at our expense. £18,000 is a decent salary for an employee, NOT a legitimate expense claim on top of another salary. The trouble is that MPs regulate themselves. This is what happens in a “self regulatory” system. This has been happening ever since MPs first set themselves up to govern themselves(I guess when they killed Charles I, so we swapped one leech for a house full). What surprises me is that anyone is surprised at all, and why on here the gay ones are being particularly bashed? Can I still pay someone to ask that for me in the house of commons?

  11. Sister Mary Clarence 19 May 2009, 5:43pm

    @ Noel – gone unnoticed by whom? I haven’t noticed anything homophobic here. Its a gay news site, that’s why the revelations are about gay MPs.

    You’re right though, it is systemic, and a lot of public anger is directed at MPs BECAUSE knowing full well that it wasn’t right, almost all of them, gay and straight, screwed us rigid.

  12. Sack him. What an arse ;-)

  13. Why don’t we have any Polish Labour MPs? Or was it only the poor sods at the bottom of the pile who were expected to compete for lower wages?

  14. Noel: do you work for one of the MPs? There’s hardly anyone in this country who thinks they are underpaid (except perhaps MPs themselves)

    I am totally disgusted that taxpayers’ money are being used in this manner. It doesnt matter whether the MPs are straight or gay, it’s still obsence.

    Many ordinary people who are ucky enough to still have a job are having to pay for food, general living & travelling expenses etc out of their pocket. People who have lost their job and receiving unemployment benefit are expected to live on £64 a week will be particularly sickened by this.

  15. £18,880 for food in 5 years, so that’s £15.52 per day, 5 days a week. If food has been an official, deductable expense, exactly why is that excessive? It’s quite similar to the amount I claim per day for food when I’m away from home and working on expenses, and I don’t consider myself extravagant… and I’m not in London.

    How far is this from claiming for moat repairs or nearly £9,000 for a TV or nearly £8,000 from 3 bookshelves, or claiming for a house in Southend when the MP’s constituency is in Luton?

  16. theotherone 20 May 2009, 1:31am

    he made dodgy expenses claims?

    Don’t mention them or you’re a homophobe!

    Give me a bloody break.

  17. Sister Mary Clarence 20 May 2009, 9:35am

    I think the issue is that he didn’t feel it proper to retain any receipts. He can only claim for additional expenses when away from home, which isn’t every day of the week.

    Also, as per the following report from Channel 4, when eating at the House, he enjoys enormous subsidies on his food anyway:

    “Details of the exclusive menus MPs enjoy while at Westminster have been obtained by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, showing the hugely discounted meals members have access to.

    The recession-busting prices include just 60p for a chicken and sweetcorn soup, £1.90 for a puff pastry parcel stuffed with garlic cream mushrooms, and £2.15 for a ratatouille vegetable & mozzarella bake.

    All the dishes above were available at The Terrace restaurant this month, one of the 28 eateries MPs have access to. The most expensive meal at The Terrace was £3.80 – for a grilled rump steak.

    The cut-price deals are a by-product of the £5m plus subsidy that House of Commons catering enjoys.”

    By not providing receipts the Commons authority has no way of checking what he was purchasing. His commons meal of a night might have involved him drinking himself senseless every other night on subsidised alcohol, but we’ll never know.

  18. About receipts, I think that really was in the nature of the system. There are endless expenses I’ve never claimed because it’s too much hassle to keep, log and individually file all the receipts and then document them all on an expense claim.

    So if I worked in a system that allowed me to claim this kind of expense without receipts, I’d have done that. I guess that few people would voluntarily expend a couple of days a year to do that. Or am I wrong?

    I agree that the subsidised eateries in the House of Commons are unjustifiable; but we can’t blame that on Nick Brown, and we don’t know where he ate. But look at the guy and tell me he didn’t have a big appetite! (^_-)

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