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Derek Wyatt MP’s porky pie

Derek Wyatt MP, Labour technology adventurer, shows up on the Daily Telegraph’s shameful expense hitlist as having claimed for. . . wait for it. . . a scotch egg and pork pies worth 75 pence.

Of the big UK dailies, the Daily Telegraph has gone the extra mile on exposing more than 170 MPs from the main parties in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland who have wrongfully claimed expenses, publishing a full list online.
Though why those weren’t made available via Freedom of Information law in the first place, I don’t know. One to ask Heather Brookes I suppose.

There is a team of 25 at the paper working pretty much full time on investigating the expenses scandal, said deputy editor benedict Brogan on an excellent Question Time I saw a couple of weeks ago on TV. This has allowed the large-scale unravelling of the sordid revelations after the paper “obtained” documents which have helped catch MPs red-handed on claiming expenses on things they really shouldn’t have.

The latest tragicomic example is a floating duck island for a pond worth £1,645 (Tory Sir Peter Viggers MP: guilty). Blogger Steven Rees calls him “MP for duck island,” which quacks me right up.

Makes ole Derek look good against the other MPs mind you, though whose dodgy claims run into tens of thousands of pounds in some cases. Although, on closer inspection, it turns out he too is guilty of claiming a small fortune on a second home. Look:

Derek Wyatt MP total second home claims:

2004-05: £20,902

2005-06: £21,634

2006-07: £22,110

2007-08: £23,083

(source: the Daily Telegraph)

Wyatt is a backbench Labour MP and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Communications Group, or apComms,an amalgamation of the former All Party Parliamentary Groups on communications, mobile and internet.

NOTE: for non-English readers: ‘porky Pie’ is Cockney rhyming slang for “lie.”



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