Tag Archives: mike simpson

Top Tory Jeremy Hunt repays £9,500 over expenses claim breach

Last month, the Economist labelled the Tories’ shadow culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, one to watch … a label which also clearly applies to his expenses claims, as the BBC reports:

Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is to repay more than £9,500 after he was found to have breached expenses rules. The Standards and Privileges Committee criticised an arrangement under which the MP’s agent stayed rent-free in his taxpayer subsidised home. … If the MP “promptly” repaid half of his claims on the home over the period, it said he would face no further action. …

The matter was referred to

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 3 Comments

South East Lib Dems call for change in party policy on the Lords

South East Liberal Democrats have voted by an overwhelming majority to call for a change in party policy to call for a fully elected body to replace the House of Lords.

The new policy was passed at the Regional Conference in Effingham, Surrey. It goes further than the party’s 2005 manifesto pledge for a “predominantly” elected House of Lords. South East Lib Dems intend to take the motion to Federal Conference next Spring.

The motion was proposed by former Dover PPC Antony Hook and was summated by Regional Chair and Federal Executive member Mike Simpson.

Antony Hook, a barrister, described the motion as principled, unambiguous, and consistent. In his speech he argued liberals must believe that those effected by lawmakers’ decisions should be able to choose their lawmakers and get rid of them when they start taking bad decisions, which he described as the best guarantee of government in the public interest.

Posted in News and Party policy and internal matters | Also tagged | 6 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 23rd Jan - 1:49pm
    Due to the disproportional representation system, the Conservative-LibDem coalition was the only stable government that could be formed, and with just one-sixth of its MPs...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 23rd Jan - 1:45pm
    I think the troll farmer in Aberdeen must be code for the anonymous person who makes all the bad decisions in the party, like going...
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 23rd Jan - 1:27pm
    The fundamental objection to the BBC license fee and the criminalisation of those who fail to pay it, is that we no longer live in...
  • User Avatarexpats 23rd Jan - 1:23pm
    I , like many on the 'left' have been a staunch supporter of the BBC in the current format; however, it's government bias is getting...
  • User AvatarGeoff Reid 23rd Jan - 1:22pm
    Sensible stuff from Peter Watson. The Coalition was something that most people in the Liberal Democrats saw as the right thing to do but with...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 23rd Jan - 1:21pm
    Joe Otten, I agree with you. The answer that we have already got a policy on climate change so we don’t need another one is...