More Lib Dem saints #MPexpenses

The Telegraph continues its series of saintly MPs and three more Lib Dems are included.

Tom Brake, Susan Kramer and Ed Davey are all Greater London MPs with columns of zeroes next to their ACA claims, even though they are strictly speaking entitled to them. They join Sarah Teather, Lynne Featherstone and David Howarth who have already featured in the series.

Here’s an interesting thing: will Vince Cable be included in this holy parade? He too is a Greater London MP who doesn’t claim the ACA he is entitled to. I seem to recall he featured in the Telegraph’s Lib Dem day revelations because he had asked for his London weighting allowance (which is taken instead of the ACA, about a tenth the size) to be backdated. The other Greater London MPs named above, I presume, had been correctly claiming theirs all along. So was this (along with Alan Duncan) just padding for the Telegraph’s Lib Dem page or is it enough to knock our Vince off the canonisation list?

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  • I’m not sure why the Telegraph consider James Brokenshire ‘a saint’. He represents an outer London seat – yet still claims thousands of punds of public money for a second home?

    He doesn’t need a second home to do his job and he can get on the train home like his constituents (and like Ed Davey, Susan Kramer, Tom Brake and Vince Cable among others).

  • Do the Telegraph even remember there stories now let alone the rest of us.

  • Tony Greaves 20th May '09 - 11:26am

    Well well, five “saints” from Greater London and one from (just about) commuting range who prefers to live at home.

    This just shows how shallow the whole thing is.

    Of course part of the DT agenda is to have a House of Commons full of rich people and people from the South East.

    Tony Greaves

    Tony Greaves

  • Alix Mortimer 20th May '09 - 12:42pm


    Oh, not another one. What *is* it with these people?

  • Page 9 of the Torygraph. More space possibly because of his daughter…shades of Andrew George anybody?

  • Alix Mortimer 20th May '09 - 3:26pm

    Hmm, interesting. He’s standing down at the next GE anyway. (Stephen has blogged this separately now).

  • Yeah Phil Willis announced ages ago the he was standing down at the next GE, probably a good job now

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