Yet Another Labour MP Caught Fiddling Expenses
Today former Labour MP for Luton South, Margaret Moran, was found by a jury to have committed the largest fraud of Parliamentary expenses to have come to court. The jury found that she had sought to claim £60,000 but had in fact been paid £53,000 based on fraudulent claims for her three properties. This was no case of bending the rules or trying the system, Moran was found to have claimed £2,000 for a phone line which did not exist, carpets for three bedrooms in a one bedroom flat, and to have resubmitted claims with different details when they were at first rejected by the Parliamentary Fees Office.
Moran is one of a long line of Labour MPs caught out fiddling their expenses. Earlier this month former Labour Minister Denis MacShane was forced to resign from Parliament for fiddling his expenses in what was described as the “gravest” case to come before the Parliamentary Standards body. Moran’s false expense claims amount to more than FOUR TIMES MacShane’s deceit. However, she will probably avoid jail due to her claim of severe depressive mental illness.
To date the following 6 MPs have been found to have ripped off the British tax-payers:
Margaret Moran (Labour) – Luton South – £53,000 – TBC
Elliot Morley (Labour) – Glanford and Scunthorpe – £30,000 – 16 months in prison
Derek Chaytor (Labour) – Bury North – £18,000 – 18 months in prison
Eric Illsley (Labour) – Barnsley Central – £14,500 – 12 months in prison
Denis MacShane (Labour) – Rotherham – £13,000 -TBC
Jim Devine (Labour) – Livingston – £9,000 – 16 months in prison
It is ironic that so many of the Labour MPs who were supporting Blair and Brown as they ruined our economy during their 13 years in office were lining their own pockets at our expense. The whole lot should be in prison in my opinion!