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SALFORD MAYOR CASHES IN ON SECOND HOME
 

Star date: 23rd November 2012

IAN STEWART GETS SECOND INCOME FROM TAX PAYER FUNDED LONDON HOME

Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, who picks up a Council salary of £69,000, is currently renting his second home in London to Gerry Sutcliffe, Labour MP for Bradford South.

The home was purchased when Stewart was Eccles MP and the mortgage interest was funded via the Parliamentary expenses system. Sutcliffe is currently declaring `accommodation costs' of £1,300 per month.

Full details here…


This week, Parliament has disclosed that Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, is renting out his second home in London to Bradford South MP, Gerry Sutcliffe.

The property has been purchased with financial backing from the discredited Parliamentary expenses system, which paid the interest on the mortgage on Stewart's London home while he was MP for Eccles.

For the two years payments that have been published, Stewart received £27,361 for `interest on mortgage' during the years 2008-2010

Meanwhile, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, has declared to Parliament that he is paying £1,300 for `accommodation costs' at Stewart's property. This has been ongoing since 2011 and, by the end of this financial year, would total £31,200 in payments to Ian Stewart, if the monthly amount is only for rent and not service charges which the figures do not specify.

The second home rental payments would provide a handy second income on top of Stewart's £69,000 that he pockets as Salford City Mayor.

The Salford Star emailed the Mayor and asked if he disputed any of these figures, and whether he thought it `morally right that a property, part paid for by tax payers, should be let out for private gain - particularly when it's to an MP (Gerry Sutcliffe) who is using public money to pay for it?'

Ian Stewart is not currently speaking to the Salford Star* so, instead, chose to address our question to him via a public meeting of East Salford Community Committee last night, explaining that he was in negative equity and by renting it out to a `tenant MP' it helps him to keep his home.

Meanwhile, Liz Holland, from the Mayoral Office, e-mailed to say "Mr Stewart has been always scrupulous about revealing every detail of his parliamentary expenses and will continue to be so. He rents out his former London home, which is a matter of public record. If he did not, it would lay empty. He has broken no parliamentary rules."

 

* In a thinly veiled attack on the Salford Star at the East Salford Community Committee meeting last night, Stewart went on to accuse us of "lies and misinformation". An accusation repeated from the full Council Meeting last Wednesday.

The Star will be addressing this in the very near future. Meanwhile, the City Mayor is currently formulating a new `Communication Strategy'.

Sally Brown wrote
at 15:43:26 on 08 December 2012
I have a lovely apartment to rent in the up and coming Ordsall district, if any MPs would like to rent it, it's a bargain at £1,300 a month By the way, resign now Stewart, you've bankrupted the council in 6 months.
 
wrote
at 14:15:22 on 26 November 2012
“explaining that he was in negative equity and by renting it out to a `tenant MP' it helps him to keep his home” Sorry, just lost me there; I thought he’d lived in Salford for over 40 years! Isn’t this London pad just a second holiday home being funded by the taxpayer? It’s interesting that both Mps appear to have a history of opposing a more transparent parliament. http://tinyurl.com/cd4e6rh http://tinyurl.com/d3lxusu
 
Estate agent Emma wrote
at 13:32:07 on 25 November 2012
"negative equity" yet another example of the previous governments (yes the one the Mayor was part of) piss poor handling of our economy, allowing house prices to become overinflated to create a feel good factor of wealth amongst middle England to gain votes. You are part of the reason for your negative equity Mr Stewart, but as pointed out already you won't loose anything yourself, unlike thousands of others who bought into the false market you and your mates created.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 06:41:28 on 25 November 2012
What the hell is the point of having a register of interest when there is no access to it. "OPEN AND TRANSPARENT MY DERRIERE"
 
wrote
at 06:40:15 on 25 November 2012
So, the Mayor has a second income from renting out the property he purchased with the help of taxpayers money? Given the acute housing shortage in London he could have set a good example and stood by his so called socialist beliefs and let the property to a needy family. Instead he chose to rent it to another freeloading MP who recoups the rent right back from the taxpayer. So, so wrong on every level. How can you respect or trust a Mayor like? The Westminister system is churning out an underclass of greedy,avaricious double standard "Its ok because its covered in the expenses guidlines-Im alright Jacks".
 
Nachtschleper wrote
at 19:32:43 on 24 November 2012
Joe, this Mayor is taking £69000 a year for the people of Salford, on top of this he has feathered his nest with public money from national government. Would you rather we ignored it and let him just keep milking the system?
 
joseph O'Neill wrote
at 19:32:23 on 24 November 2012
From one Joe to another if that's your real name ask your self a question if the star did not ask the questions who would? We see Labour taking key roles in the city and promising the earth, well no in reality blaming the Tories taking the easy way out, paper pushed through the door with nothing but national issues and a Mayor who take £69,000 of Salford tax payers money for sod all in return.Investment nil,jobs nil, transparency well sorry he is good at that he disapears from the map,when asked questions by activists he fails to answer,he seems happy to invite school kids to ask question,good press but fears to talk to any one who would put him in a spot.So i say Mr Kingston keep up the good work, fight the good fight and lets hope to god the time time will come to dump him back to his negative equity house in London my arse.
 
Arnie Fast wrote
at 19:31:19 on 24 November 2012
Has Mayor Greedy Bastard re-named himself as 'Joe' ? Fine , so now it's Mayor Greedy Bastard Joe Ian Stewart !
 
salford star wrote
at 12:33:04 on 24 November 2012
See Mary's comment below... We're sure the Mayor would have declared this home - but we'll never know because at the moment Salford Council has no publicly accessible Register of Interests - we've been asking to see it for about two months but not been allowed to, as it's being re-done. They won't even let us see the old one. That's transparency and accountability for you! PS. See Joe's comment below - who are you, the Mayor?
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 12:26:29 on 24 November 2012
When you become a councillor you have to declare any second homes lands and outside interests. I would expect this would also be the case for Mayors.It would be interesting to see if he did declare this second home.
 
Joe wrote
at 10:46:09 on 24 November 2012
Have you got nothing better to write about than your obsessions with the City Mayor?
 
white wrote
at 17:55:43 on 23 November 2012
I connot calculate the exact details but; do not MPs get a 'resettlement' grant when they cease to be an MP. I would expect that Stewsrt got something in excess of £50,000 due to his age and length of service.
 
wrote
at 15:40:18 on 23 November 2012
Gerry Sutcliffe has been a Labour MP for 17 years, is the highest claiming Bradford MP in 2010/11, claiming £126,585 for his year expenses. Labour voters, I love them, nice to see their votes do make a difference! I think it's sad Salford's Mayor is in negative equity, according to the article, one thing many voters will have in common. But hold on, don't ex MPs get an MPs pension and does Salford Mayor's £69,000 salary come with expenses. Maybe me being sad is out of context.
 
Thin End Of The Wedge wrote
at 12:32:58 on 23 November 2012
I think it is time we all cancel our Council Tax direct debits - I can't tell what I get for it, the streets aren't cleaned, I sort my rubbish to save the council money, and if I need anything from the council I have to pay for it anyway - Salford Star, or anybody, please tell me why we should pay.
 
wrote
at 12:32:27 on 23 November 2012
He doesnt need a second home in London now he is Mayor of Salford, does he???? In effect he is just another one of those greedy landlords who are driving up rents in the private sector housing market. Are we to presume he means he is in negative equity on his Salford home? If thats the case he should sell the London pad and pay off his Salford mortgage...if its the London pad in negative equity, why doesnt he use the SCC regeneration logic that advocated selling your property at a loss (as was the guise of regenerating Broughton and Langworthy) for the greater good. Theres not a chance in hell of him flogging that London house....greedy t**t that he is.
 
Steve wrote
at 12:31:57 on 23 November 2012
Mr Stewart ...'explaining that he was in negative equity and by renting it out to a `tenant MP' it helps him to keep his home' But this leaves two questions unanswered. He received public money to pay his mortgage so the fact that he is supposedly in negative equity ( which would be surprising given the state of the London property market) means he will not loose any of his own money if he sold. Secondly, why does he need to keep 'his home' in London?
 
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