Archive for the 'expenses' Category

Elliot Morley faces jail after admitting MPs’ expenses fraud – The Guardian

“The former Labour minister Elliot Morley faces a prison sentence after pleading guilty to dishonestly claiming more than £30,000 in parliamentary expenses relating to false mortgage claims.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Former MP Jim Devine jailed for 16 months over expenses – BBC News

“Ex-Labour MP Jim Devine has been jailed for 16 months for fraudulently claiming £8,385 in expenses.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Expenses bill to soar as MPs force watchdog to relax rules – Daily Telegraph

“MPs will be able to claim millions of pounds more in expenses under reforms to the system to be announced today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

David Chaytor loses appeal to reduce jail sentence for expenses fraud – The Guardian

“Former Labour MP David Chaytor has lost an appeal to reduce his prison sentence for fiddling parliamentary expenses as senior judges ruled he had inflicted ‘serious damage’ to our ‘priceless democratic system’ and could have received an even longer jail term.”

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

David Chaytor seeks cut in prison sentence – The Guardian

“The former Labour MP David Chaytor has launched a high court bid to reduce his 18-month prison sentence for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.”

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs’ expenses: strict new rules to be eased – Daily Telegraph

“The rules governing MPs’ expenses are to be relaxed this week following months of complaints that the current system is unfair.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MPs’ expenses: David Chaytor to challenge sentence – BBC News

“Former Labour MP David Chaytor has launched a bid to challenge his jail sentence for fiddling his expenses.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs’ expenses: Eric Illsley jailed for 12 months – The Guardian

“The former Labour MP Eric Illsley has been jailed for 12 months at Southwark crown court after pleading guilty to charges of false accounting concerning nearly £14,500 in parliamentary expenses.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Taylor found guilty of expenses fraud – The Guardian

“Lord Taylor of Warwick today became the first peer to be convicted in connection with the parliamentary expenses investigation, when a jury found him guilty of dishonestly claiming £11,277 in allowances.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs’ expenses: David Chaytor sentenced to 18 months in prison for false accounting – Daily Telegraph

“The former Labour MP David Chaytor has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for falsifying his expenses claims.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Parliament’s expenses watchdog launches review – BBC News

“Parliament’s expenses watchdog is launching a public consultation after criticism over the way it is run.”

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BBC News, 5th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Chaytor and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Chaytor and others [2010] UKSC 52; [2010] WLR (D) 311

“Parliamentary privilege did not pose any bar to the prosecution of defendants charged with false accounting who, while serving Members of Parliament, made claims for expenses and allowances to the Fees Office of the House of Commons.”

WLR Daily, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

MPs’ expenses: Judge explains privilege ruling – BBC News

“Supreme Court President Lord Phillips has said parliamentary privilege does not protect MPs from being prosecuted for ‘ordinary crimes’.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Supreme Court ruling to see former MPs stand trial over expenses claims – The Lawyer

“The Supreme Court has ruled that three former Labour MPs must face a criminal trial over their expenses claims.”

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The Lawyer, 10th November 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Ruling due on ‘parliamentary privilege’ expenses appeal – BBC News

“Three former Labour MPs will learn later whether they will face criminal trials over their expenses claims.”

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BBC News, 10th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Three peers suspended from Lords over expenses claims – BBC News

“Three peers have been suspended from the Lords for wrongly claiming expenses totalling tens of thousands of pounds.”

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BBC News, 21st October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

House of Lords suspends three from parliament in expenses clampdown – The Guardian

“Three peers were today suspended from parliament – the toughest punishment enacted in the House of Lords in modern times – after an inquiry found that each had broken expenses rules to wrongly claim tens of thousands of pounds.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three former MPs take expenses appeals to Supreme Court – BBC News

“Three former Labour MPs facing criminal trials over their expenses claims have taken their case to the Supreme Court.”

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BBC News, 18th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs’ expenses case to be heard by Supreme Court – Daily Telegraph

“Three former Labour MPs facing criminal trials over expenses-fiddling allegations have been cleared to go to the Supreme Court in their bid to have the charges thrown out.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Omak Maritime Ltd v Mamola Challenger Shipping Co Ltd – WLR Daily

Omak Maritime Ltd v Mamola Challenger Shipping Co Ltd [2010] EWHC 2026 (Comm); [2010] WLR (D) 230

“An arbitral tribunal in assessing damages for breach of contract had been wrong to treat a claim for wasted expenses and a claim for loss of profits as two separate and independent claims which could not be ‘mixed’. Both claims were governed by the principle which required the court to make a comparison between the claimant’s current position and what it would have been had the contract been performed. Where steps had been taken to mitigate the loss which would otherwise have been caused by a breach of contract that principle required the benefits obtained by mitigation to be set against the loss which would otherwise have been sustained.”

WLR Daily, 6th August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Ex-MP to sue successor over ‘expense claim libel’ – BBC News

“A former Conservative Sussex MP is to take the man who beat him at the general election to court over comments he made about his expenses claims.”

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BBC News, 4th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Chaytor and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Chaytor and others; 2010] EWCA Crim 1910; [2010] WLR (D) 218

“Parliamentary privilege or immunity from criminal prosecution did not attach, and never had attached, to ordinary criminal activities by members of Parliament.”

WLR Daily, 2nd  August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Expenses: Court denies accused defence of parliamentary privilege – The Guardian

“Three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer accused of fiddling their expenses face criminal trials after the court of appeal ruled that parliamentary privilege did not protect them from prosecution.”

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The Guardian, 30th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-Labour MPs and Tory peer lose expenses appeals – BBC News

“Three former Labour MPs and an ex-Tory peer facing expenses fraud allegations have lost appeals over a ruling that they are not protected by parliamentary privilege from prosecution.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ENE Kos 1 Ltd v Petroleo Brasileiro SA – WLR Daily

ENE Kos 1 Ltd v Petroleo Brasileiro SA [2010] EWCA Civ 772; [2010] WLR (D) 173

“A shipowner who withdrew his vessel from a charterer’s service for non-payment of hire while cargo was on board the vessel and required the charterer to remove the cargo from the vessel, was not entitled to remuneration, in the absence of accident, emergency or necessity, unless expressly or impliedly agreed. The owner could recover expenses incurred in taking care of the cargo in the course of the operation to discharge it. The owner could claim the cost of maintaining a guarantee on a counterclaim for wrongful withdrawal of the vessel as part of the costs awarded to him in the counterclaim.”

WLR Daily, 8th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Ex-MPs and peer on expenses charges ‘not above the law’ – The Independent

“An appeal brought by three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer facing trial over allegations that they fiddled their expenses was not an attempt to ‘take them above the law’, three of the country’s top judges heard today.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ex Labour MPs and Tory peer lose expenses ruling – BBC News

Three former MPs and a peer are set to stand trial over expenses fraud allegations after a judge ruled they could not claim parliamentary privilege to stop prosecution.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Watchdog to revise expenses rules after MPs’ complaints – The Guardian

“The new parliamentary watchdog is to revise some of its rules after an outcry from MPs over the new expenses regime, with many saying they are being forced to lay off staff and others claiming to be substantially out of pocket.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs to challenge new expenses watchdog over strict rules – The Guardian

“MPs are to challenge the new expenses watchdog, claiming its strict rules are forcing them to lay off staff and compromising their service to constituents.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s ignorance about legal aid does not surprise experts – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s apparent lack of understanding about how legal aid works has not surprised experts, who say they have long been battling ignorance about the importance of the service.”

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The Guardian, 13th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Accused MPs ‘will have to pay back legal aid’ – The Independent

“Labour MPs awarded legal aid to fund their court battle against charges that they fiddled parliamentary expenses will have to pay the money back, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today.”

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The Independent, 12th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Expenses MPs Devine, Chaytor and Morley get legal aid – BBC News

“Three former Labour MPs facing criminal charges over their expenses have won the right to have their legal fees paid for by the taxpayer.”

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BBC News, 12th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New parliamentary expenses evidence passed to CPS – The Independent

“Scotland Yard passed a new file of evidence against a Parliamentarian suspected of abusing expenses to prosecutors today.”

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The Independent, 30th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs warned: cheat on expenses and face ‘a ton of bricks’ – The Guardian

“The parliamentary watchdog has warned MPs that his organisation will come down on them ‘like a ton of bricks’ if they break new expenses rules, saying those who cheat could be fined or have pay docked.”

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Charging decision regarding Baroness Uddin – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that there will be no charges in relation to Baroness Uddin’s claims for parliamentary expenses.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 12th March 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

No expenses charges for baroness – BBC News

“Labour peer Baroness Uddin will not face charges over her expenses, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.”

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BBC News, 12th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lords watchdog to investigate peer’s expenses – The Guardian

“A House of Lords standards watchdog is to look into a complaint over the expenses of former Labour chairman Lord Clarke of Hampstead, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 9th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Big Question: What is parliamentary privilege, and is it being abused? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

Three Labour MPs, Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine and a Tory peer, Lord Hanningfield, have been charged with false accounting over their expenses claims. They deny the offences and are trying to avoid a criminal trial by invoking the 1689 Bill of Rights which gives force to parliamentary privilege. This is the privilege which stops MPs and peers from being sued for defamation.”

Full story

The Independent, 9th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Statement from Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, on parliamentary expenses charging decisions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following widespread concerns about the expenses claimed by some MPs and some members of the House of Lords, a number of complaints were made to the Metropolitan Police alleging criminal conduct. In light of these complaints on 15 May 2009, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, and I agreed to set up a panel of senior police officers and senior prosecuting lawyers to assess the complaints and consider whether there should be a criminal investigation into any of them.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 5th February 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Three Labour MPs and one Tory peer face expenses abuse charges – The Guardian

“Three Labour MPs and a Tory peer will face criminal charges over alleged abuses of their expenses, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 5th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Former judge hits out at ‘damaging’ penalties as he grants MPs’ expenses appeals – The Guardian

“Sir Paul Kennedy, the former judge ­dealing with MPs’ appeals against demands for repayments after the expenses ­scandal, was deeply critical of the ­’damaging and unfair’ penalties today as he granted the majority of the 75 appeals.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP due to announce MPs’ expenses charges decision – BBC News

“Prosecutors are due to reveal whether they intend to bring criminal charges against six MPs and peers over their expenses claims.”

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BBC News, 5th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

’19 MPs win appeals over expenses’ – The Independent

“At least a quarter of MPs’ appeals against demands for repayment of expenses have been upheld fully or in part, it was claimed today.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Watchdog launches consultation on MPs’ expenses – The Guardian

“A five-week public consultation on the reform of MPs’ expenses was launched today as the new parliamentary expenses watchdog appeared to soften proposals on MPs claiming for second homes and employing family members.”

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The Guardian, 7th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New rules for MPs to be outlined – BBC News

“Details of how MPs’ expenses will be overhauled are to be outlined as part of a public consultation on changes to the now discredited former system.”

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BBC News, 7th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs invoke 1689 Bill to avoid prosecution – The Independent

“Three labour MPs are arguing they cannot be prosecuted over expenses claims because they are protected by parliamentary privilege.”

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The Independent, 4th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs’ expenses and allowances: legislation announced to implement Kelly recommendations – Ministry of Justice

“Further legislation will be introduced by the government to implement proposals put forward by Sir Christopher Kelly on the reform of the MPs’ expenses and allowances system.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MPs face fines for abusing expenses – The Independent

“MPs who abuse their expenses face being fined under new proposals to beef up the role of Parliament’s standards watchdog.”

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The Independent, 10th December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

CPS asked to consider charging four parliamentarians over expenses – The Guardian

“Prosecutors have been asked to consider charging four parliamentarians in relation to expenses abuses, Scotland Yard said today.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Now the expenses spotlight falls on Britain’s judiciary – The Independent

“Expenses claims by judges and magistrates have risen by £3m in the last two years, according to figures obtained by The Independent under the Freedom of Information Act.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs to face ‘trial’ if they refuse to repay expenses claims – Daily Telegraph

“MPs who refuse to repay excessive or incorrect expenses claims could be forced to appear in public before a High Court judge to plead their case.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Former MEP Tom Wise faces jail over expenses fiddle – Daily Telegraph

“Wise, 61, who first represented Ukip before turning independent, spent a year channelling taxpayers’ cash into a bank account he secretly controlled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lawyer will head new body to oversee MPs’ expenses – Daily Telegraph

“Professor Sir Ian Kennedy has not been offered the job, but his appointment was approved by the Speaker’s Committee, the group of senior MPs in charge of selecting the board of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) which will replace the fees office. That clears the way for his name to be put before MPs today.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 4th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Suspended sentence for Boris Johnson’s ex-deputy – The Independent

“A former deputy of the London mayor Boris Johnson was handed a suspended jail sentence of 12 weeks today for misusing his expenses.”

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The Independent, 7th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs with questionable claims to be barred from Lords – Daily Telegraph

“MPs with questionable expenses claims will be barred from taking a seat in the House of Lords if they choose to stand down before the election.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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