Dawn Butler apologises for calling Sarah Teather a “hypocrite” over MPs expenses

Labour Minister Dawn Butler has issued a legal apology to Sarah Teather for calling her a hypocrite over MPs’ expenses. Butler made the accusation while the running of Sarah Teather’s office was under investigation. The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner later dropped the investigation because there were no grounds to suspect any wrongdoing by Ms Teather.

From the letter (signed by Dawn Butler as well as councillors and senior officials from Brent Central Labour Party):

We accept that statements made in those [leaflets] falsely suggested that you are a hypocrite when you speak on the issue of MPs’ expenses because your own expense claims, then under investigation, have been improperly made. We accept that this is wholly untrue.

We would like to apologise to you for the embarrassment and distress caused and undertake not to repeat any assertion or suggestion that you are a hypocrite when you speak on the issue of MPs’ expenses.

You can read the full story in the Evening Standard and download the letter of apology here.

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5 Comments

  • About time. Dawn Butler has fallen into the hands of the “Win at any cost” mentality of London Labour.

  • Let’s hope she’s “Sunset Butler” by the time May 6 comes to a close.

  • Derek Green 21st Apr '10 - 2:35pm

    As a natural Labour voter in the newly formed Brent Central constituency, I have written to my local Labour in Brent party, to ask how Ms. Butler MP can justify claiming over £66K in the 2nd home allowance? I heard nothing from their office, I won’t hold my breath.

    So Ms. Butler can hardly expect party loyalty if she can abuse the 2nd home allowance, which was not set up to be fleeced by Greater London MPs.

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