Richard Benyon: more website questions

This seems to be the week for questions over MPs and their expenses, so this time it’s back to Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury and the man with the disappearing blog.

A quick recap: his website says it is paid for out of MP expenses, but the blog on it had content that isn’t allowed under the rules controlling use of expenses. The blog is no-longer on the website, though his “Westminster Diary” still is.

Take a look at that, and what do we find? More content that looks to me like it isn’t allowed under the rules for MP expenses. Oooops. Here’s part of the 26 May 2008 entry:

The Labour Party chose to base their campaign on a class war tactic. This was plain daft. [Click here for screenshot]

And so it goes on. Once again, it looks like a very straight-forward case of the rules stopping MP expenses being used for party political propaganda having been broken.

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  • He writes the Westminster Diary for the local paper:

    not that that matters in this case!

    Reading East MP Rob Wilson also writes a Westminster Diary for the paper and reproduces it on his website:

    Who pays for his website?

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