Pressure grows on Jacqui Smith over expense claims

The former chairman of the Standards Committee, Sir Alistair Graham, has acquired rather a habit of speaking out bluntly to put pressure on MPs over their standards and he’s done it again on Newsnight:

“It must not look as if you’re manipulating expenses for your own financial gain.”

If it is found Ms Smith resides in her London home more nights a week than her Redditch home, he said: “She’ll be in the clear in the sense of the rules, but in the sense of her political career – she won’t be.” (PoliticsHome)

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in News and Parliament.


  • Isn’t it a debateable point whether primary residence requires you to stay there for a majority of nights (or are there some firm rules on that point)

    What might be interesting is if someone investigated what address she had on the ballot paper at the last election, what address she uses for tax purposes, where her car(s) are registered, where her bank statements/credit card bills go to etc.

    Those, IMO are more indicative of where your primary residence is.

    And of course making statements like “She still lives in Redditch with husband, Richard and sons James (13) and Michael (8).” are indicative of what she regards as her primary residence.

  • Hywel
    “Isn’t it a debateable point whether primary residence requires you to stay there for a majority of nights (or are there some firm rules on that point)”

    The Green Book on Parliamentary Salaries, Allowances and Pensions (2005) says:
    “If you have more than one home, your main home will normally be the one where you spend more nights than any other.”

  • Simon Wilson 19th Feb '09 - 10:38am

    As Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith has 24 hour police protection. Presumably then, her movements and living arrangements must be reocrded somewhere.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Andy Boddington
    Well worth a listen - The Documentary: Brexit: Three Years On
  • Martin Gray
    @Peter ....Many women don't share your confidence as regards thier safety - CCTV or not . Workers needing to get to certain places at unsocialable hours on mu...
  • Martin
    Of course Mel Borthwaite is right. Compare the proportions who might consider voting for our candidates from those who would like to see the UK moving back tow...
  • Jeff
    Interesting to hear about such a remote part of the world. On Skype today she mentioned that the daytime temperature was in the minus 30°Cs and tonight m...
  • Martin Gray
    @David .... It was a UK wide referendum, & 1 million + Scots voted to leave the European Union... The chances of them ever being accepted into the EU as ...