Elliot Morley, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, and former minister for Environment and Fisheries, claimed expenses for a mortgage when he didn’t have one, and is therefore a crook:
Elliot Morley, the former Labour minister, claimed parliamentary expenses of more than £16,000 for a mortgage which had already been paid off. Mr Morley, the ex-agriculture minister, continued claiming for the mortgage interest on his constituency home for more than 18 months after the loan had been repaid.
Lawyers said that the claims could constitute a criminal offence under the 2006 Fraud Act and the 1968 Theft Act.
Furthermore, he’s been suspended (from the Labour Party, unfortunately not from a rope):
Former minister Elliot Morley has been suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party after claiming £16,000 expenses for a mortgage he had already paid off.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the decision was taken because of the “serious” nature of the allegations. Mr Morley said the claim had been a “mistake” due to “sloppy accounting” and said he had paid the money back.
If I overclaimed benefits for 18 months and said it was a “mistake” due to “sloppy accounting”, I wonder if I’d be let off? Somehow, I suspect not. But I guess the rules that our lords and masters make for us don’t apply to themselves. Cunts.
UPDATE: there’s now a facebook group Fraudulent MP’s should be prosecuted in the court of law inc Elliot Morley