Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Terry Kelly and the adventure of the Renfrewshire Council fraud

Via Right For Scotland, who is rightfully laughing his arse off, it seems that four members of Renfrewshire Council are being investigated for possible fraudulent expenses claims.
Four Labour Councillors in Renfrewshire are currently the subject of a criminal probe by Strathclyde Police. It is understood that inquiries centre on expense and allowance claims made by among others, the Council's Lord Provost, Ronnie Burns. This afternoon the Crown Office confirmed a report has been submitted to the local Procurator Fiscal.

Of course, as RfS points out, one of our very favourite people is on Renfrewshire Council.
Of course this is particularly bad timing as only last week Councillor Terry Kelly made a “joke” about being involved in corrupt Labour politics at a local level for 40 years.

Did he really, you ask? Could he be so crass.
Having been involved in corrupt Labour politics for 40 yrs. I'm already rich, I don't need the money I've stolen enough, so I'm retiring, now crawl back under your stone.

Oh dear, oh dear. Alas, the story does not tell whether our favourite Terry is one of the councillors under investigation: one can only fervently that he is not because we will know that the fuzz have got the wrong man...

2 comments:

Clairwil said...

I've just left the following comment on Terry's blog. I wonder if it will get past his moderation policy?


Mr Kelly,
Sorry to change the subject but are you shocked that four of your colleagues are in hot water for suspicious expenses claims? Did you suspect that anything dodgy might be happening? I'm stunned.

Is this evidence of a culture of Labour corruption on Renfrewshire council or just four bad apples?

You must be kicking yourself for your earlier joke:

'Having been involved in corrupt Labour politics for 40 yrs. I'm already rich, I don't need the money I've stolen enough, so I'm retiring, now crawl back under your stone.'

Shotgun said...

I wonder if the coppers investigating would like to know about the ramarks made, and also that Kelly considers his position as councillor is an occupation?

I'll see if I can find out who the investigating officer is...