CABINET Minister James Purnell was under pressure last night to explain why he claimed £10,000 more in Parliamentary expenses than he paid in rent for his London flat.
The Welfare and Pensions Secretary, tipped as a future leader of the Labour Party, pocketed £10,143 more than the rent he was being charged on his second home in London.
A Sunday Express investigation has revealed that Mr Purnell submitted rent claims of up to £2,020 each month – yet bank records prove that he paid only £910 every month.
The rent claims were made for the luxury apartment he shared with his former fiancée, Lucy Walker, under financial arrangements which were branded “bizarre” by fellow MPs.
Mr Purnell, 39, was embarrassed last week when the Sunday Express published photographs showing that at the end of his tenancy he left the flat “looking like a pigsty”.
This was despite claiming more than £1,600 for cleaning and repairs during the time he lived there.
He forfeited his £2,520 deposit when he left the flat and left unpaid bills of £4,000 for cleaning and repairs.
I get tired of saying this, but this is plain, out-and-out fraud.
As the minister in charge of welfare benefits, Mr Purnell has spearheaded the Government’s crackdown on benefits cheats.
Many taxpayers will, therefore, be surprised to learn about the Minister’s own financial arrangements for claiming public money.
"Surprised"? "Outraged" might be a rather better word for it.
Nothing is going to change until some of these cunts are prosecuted for fraud: and, if found guilty, then they should be punished with the full weight of the law. If they are not, then it will be an explicit admission that these greedy fucks consider themselves above the law.
And that's when the only road open to the taxpayers of Britain is the decoration of lamp-posts...