Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon paid his wife nearly £70,000 of taxpayers’ money in rent on his constituency office after transferring ownership of the building from his name to hers.
Mr Hoon paid his wife Elaine out of the allowance MPs receive to cover the cost of office accommodation away from Westminster.
I get tired of saying this, but is it really so much to ask that our representatives not be dishonest bastards? This scheme was quite obviously designed to milk the expenses system to the maximum possible point in order to allow Hoon to line his pockets.
It has got to stop. Although this particular scam did stop...
But the couple had to scrap the lucrative arrangement when new rules banned MPs from using the allowance, called the Incidental Expenses Provision, to benefit family members.
Oh dear, poor Hoon: he had to stop some troughing. Never mind...
At that point, Mrs Hoon sold the property to a local businesswoman for £38,000—£14,000 more than her husband had paid for it.
Nice work if you can get it, eh? And all "within the rules" too.
Unfortunately, even though all this was "within the rules", this disgusting little shitebag still felt the need to lie about it—presumably it's reflexive...
Mr Hoon had previously denied ever owning the constituency office in a row of terrace houses in the centre of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
On May 9, 1998, he told a News Of The World reporter: ‘My wife owns that building and always has done.’
That's pretty categorical, eh?
Last night, however, he admitted he had bought the freehold and later transferred it to his wife, using her maiden name on Land Registry documents.
Former barrister Mr Hoon bought the run-down house in 1990. When he became an MP in 1992, he refurbished it and turned it into his office.
A year later, he transferred the freehold to his wife using her maiden name Dumelow on Land Registry forms.
Receipts show he paid her £500 a month rent, which rose to £750 in 1998, though similar properties nearby were said to be available for half the rate.
He told the Commons fees office of the rent rise with a note saying: ‘Please increase the following monthly payments from my office cost allowance. Miss E A Dumelow to £750.’
You fucking lying bastard: you complete and utter Hoon...
UPDATE: oh look, the fucking Speaker's at the trough again, too. What a fucking surprise.
Not only is the Speaker involved in one of those "three home" schemes - renting one, claiming for a second and living in a third - but it's emerged that he and his wife went on a jolly to Dubai courtesy of the taxpayer.
OK, so, it was a trip for Michael Marton and his wife at the taxpayers expense; but why is this in any way important?
The Speaker, in particular, is meant to uphold Parliamentary standards and should, in theory, be beyond reproach. Instead, with the public's faith in the political class at a low ebb, Martin travels in style at our expense. Quite simply, you've got to doubt whether he's fit for the role.
In other words, the man who is supposed to be monitoring whether or not MPs are abusing the expenses system is himself abusing said system.
So, of course he is not fit for the job. He is fit only for a public flogging and equally public hanging.