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Another Labour Scumbag is Off to Jail!

Elliot Morley

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.


May 21, 2011 - Posted by | National


  1. Trouble is if Illsley is anything to go by he could actually only serve a few months.

    Comment by steve foley | May 21, 2011 | Reply

  2. Are there anymore Labour fraudsters yet to be trialed? Is he the last one from the expenses scandal? What about from the other parties? we do not seem to hear much on them.
    I seem to recall a COnservative Peer and also a Lib Dem Grandee. Any news on that yet?
    Also, are they made to pay back the Public Purse? Judges, take note. It is taxpayers money. Much needed right now!

    Comment by Elaine | May 21, 2011 | Reply

    • I think Lord Hanningfield is sub-judice at present.

      Comment by steve foley | May 21, 2011 | Reply

    • All the convicted fraudsters payed back their stolen money when their frauds first came to light.

      Comment by Jonny | May 22, 2011 | Reply

  3. I see censorship is alive and well on your blog?

    Comment by SMELLY ALLEY | May 23, 2011 | Reply

    • “SMELLY ALLEY” – since you named an individual who you claimed was subject to a disciplinary process it would have been very wrong to allow your comment to be published. I have since checked out your claims and found them to be substantially wrong. No-one was or is “suspended”.

      I am also interested that you chose to post under a pseudonym rather than your usual name!

      Comment by Richard Willis | May 23, 2011 | Reply

  4. If as you say no-one has been suspended then I’ve been given wrong information. This, I will check out.

    Comment by Gideon Mack | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • You are welcome! 🙂

      Comment by Richard Willis | May 24, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hello Richard

    OK – I’ve checked – she was verbally suspended – (told to go home and not come back for any further shopping trips) until they (Readibus) had had a meeting to discuss her future.

    They then left her at home and did not phone until such time she finally resigned.

    Comment by Gideon Mack | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • It is inappropriate in the extreme to discuss matters like this in a public forum. Your description of events bear no resemblence at all to what I am told.

      Comment by Richard Willis | May 24, 2011 | Reply

  6. I shall desist. Thanks for looking into it anyway.

    Comment by Gideon Mack | May 25, 2011 | Reply

  7. A Tory Lord about to be sentenced.

    Comment by Alex Chalmers | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  8. Yes and David Chaytor has just been let out after only four months of an 18 month sentence!

    One Law for the rich or famous and one for the poor. I wonder how long someone on the pittance of the Dole who for example painted and decorated houses to make a few bob on the side or did peoples hair at home would have had to serve? No wonder ordinary people such as myself have totally lost faith in our Courts and Legal System!

    Comment by steve foley | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  9. I suspect the law is the same for all Steve …….ass-like
    I recall the case of one Elvis Laing of Reading who was setenced to 15 months for vehicle crime and had a record as long as your arm. He was out in less than 6 weeks !
    The sentenced given should be the sentence served with time added on for bad behaviour. Wasn’t Tory policy before the last election something down those lines……I wonder what happened to that !

    Comment by Howard Thomas | May 29, 2011 | Reply

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