Another Labour Scumbag is Off to Jail!
Yesterday came the news that former Labour Minister Elliot Morley is to join a number of his former Labour MP colleagues in prison after being found guilty of stealing over £30,000 in expenses from the tax payers of this country. Having reached the heights of Ministerial office, Morley fraudulently claimed for a mortgage which did not exist for over three years. In the largest fraud case of its kind he was also found to have over-claimed on a genuine mortgage. The judge found that he had deliberately and fraudulently claimed and had lied to attempt to cover up his actions.
In an interesting twist in the case Morley claimed that Gordon Brown was partly to blame for his theft of public money. He claimed that he made a “powerful enemy” in Downing Street which led to depression and his fraudulent claims! He follows a growing line of Labour MPs convicted of expenses fraud. Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) admitted stealing £14,500 and was sentenced to 12 months; Derek Chaytor (Bury North) admitted to stealing £18,000 and was sentenced to 18 months; Jim Devine (Livingston) admitted stealing £9,000 and was sentenced to 16 months. Let’s also not forget that Labour MP Phil Woolas (Oldham East & Saddleworth) was convicted by an election court of lying about his opponent in the 2010 election and was stripped of his Parliamentary seat.
Morley was sentenced to 16 months in prison and has belatedly been thrown out of the Labour party.