Is Alan Duncan the 12th Lib Dem?

Two further updates from the Telegraph, both amusing rather than alarming.

Steve Webb

This headline is just beyond parody. I kid you not: Steve Webb sold one flat and bought another, claiming £8,400 stamp duty

What?? He SOLD a flat, what, and then BOUGHT another? Treachery! Infamy! Off with his head!

Of course, he could have rented and saved us the £8,500. And under Clegg’s original set of proposals for expense reform, rejected by Cameron and Brown, that would be exactly what would have happened. As it is, we’ll have to make do with the no doubt vast profit he will hand back to the taxpayer when he sells the flat. 0/5

No word yet on the mystery twelfth Lib Dem (is it Lord Rennard?) unless the current state of the Telegraph’s “Liberal Democrats” page carries two relevations in one:


Has anybody told Nick Clegg? And is it possible to send a defector back?

If you’re wondering what happened to the £2.50 eyeliner, by the way, I am  privily told that the MP in question has got in touch with the Telegraph. They appear to be no longer carrying that story. Hey, couldn’t be that they’d got their facts wrong or something like that, could it?

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  • Richard Huzzey 13th May '09 - 3:31pm

    Is Alan Duncan the twelfth cylon?

  • Liberal Neil 13th May '09 - 7:04pm

    No – Steve Webb is on record as saying he will pass any capital gain on property paid for from the allowance back.

  • If I understand correctly, the party has given a commitment that all Lib Dem front benchers will return any capital gains on their second homes.

  • Looks like that’s it for the Lib Dems -the Telegraph now says it’s moving on to most serious abuses and “The disclosures cover nine MPs, Labour and Conservative”

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