HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
HAZEL BLEARS EXPENSES
 

Star date: 11th December 2009 

SALFORD MPS' STRANGE EXPENSES CLAIMS…
HAS HAZEL GOT DIVORCED???

Details of expenses claims made by Salford's MPs Hazel Blears, Ian Stewart and Barbara Keeley for the years 2008 and 2009 released by Parliament yesterday expose more odd stuff…like the end of Hazel's marriage?

Full details here, together with a link to a unique game where you can throw custard pies at Hazel – although judging by the amount of food she's claimed for over the years, she's had enough pies to sink a flip…sorry…ship…


CLEANING, COUNCIL TAX, MORTGAGES AND PIES...

More fun and games were revealed yesterday as Parliament exposed Salford MPs' expense claims for `Personal Additional Accommodation Expenditure'

Perhaps knowing that Parliament was going to publish MPs' claims in July 2009, all three of our MPs were on their best financial behaviour during the 2008/9 claims year – there were no Hazel receipts for £200 bath towels or two tvs, although Barbara Keeley did claim £139.50 for a tv licence. Not that she's got any chance of seeing herself on there, she's so anonymous…

Here's what they did claim…

COUNCIL TAX

Has Hazel got divorced? The records reveal that on her second home in London, Hazel claimed a `single person discount' of 25% on her Council Tax. However, Barbara Keeley, who's also married, merely claimed a 10% `Second Home' discount, and Ian Stewart didn't claim at all for Council Tax. Has the personal strain on Hazel led to a parting with her partner – or is it merely a clever ruse to save us tax payers some money, as we pick up the bill?

WHO ATE ALL THE PIES?

No contest here. Roll forward, Ian Stewart, who claimed the full £400 food allowance every month throughout the year – including during the summer recess when Parliament isn't even sitting. Apart from his mortgage, that's all he did claim for the year. Which conjures up a sad image of Ian sat in his London flat stuffing pies, while Babs, who didn't claim for any food at all, lies on her couch chewing her nails, watching tv and waiting in vain to see herself on screen. 

Meanwhile, Hazel comes second in the pie eating contest, claiming £200 a month for food until November 2008, including during the summer recess when Parliament isn't even sitting. In December the food claim jumps to £300 a month to February '09, and then no food at all for the next two months. It was in February that the Daily Telegraph exposed the full extent of Hazel's expense claims including those Kit Kats – probably put her off…
 
CLEANING

Neither Barbara nor Ian claimed anything at all for cleaning but Hazel tries to claim three lots of £120 a month for April, May and June '08. Parliament's Assistant Validation Officer writes Hazel a letter explaining that if she can't produce receipts "the department will not be able to reimburse you".

According to the records on view, no receipt is ever produced and no further cleaning claims are made until December '08 when the bill suddenly drops to £80 a month

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MORTGAGE PAYMENT

While Ian Stewart's property payments remain the same all year, and Barbara Keeley's mortgage payments merely vary by a couple of hundred pounds, Hazel's second home payments on the balance of her £285,867.36 mortgage (Oct 2008) absolutely plummet from a high of £1287 a month in April '08, down to £1122 in October as interest rates get cut, to payments of £525 in January '09, £406 in February '09, £287 in March '09 and a mere £167 in April '09.

Perhaps someone can explain this but £167 monthly interest payment on a £285,000 mortgage? Is this the best mortgage in the world or has Hazel virtually paid it off from the same money well where she found that cheque for £13,000 for the tax man? None of our business, of course, but fascinating… Although between 2004 and 2008 Hazel did claim a total of £51,523 on mortgage payments (and a bit on hotels) for various homes.

Back in October this year, the Salford Star exclusively revealed how Hazel explained her previous excessive Parliamentary expenses to the Labour Party re-selection meeting at the Civic Centre in Swinton, where she fought for her political life…

"When I first went into Parliament I was told by existing MPs `These are the expenses, basically divide it by twelve and that's what you claim every month'…That's what was the established culture. And that was wrong…It did develop into that culture of entitlement rather than what was needed in order to do your job...

She added: "It enabled you to claim things that are utterly bizarre and that no reasonable rational person would have agreed to pay for…"

Now that the public can see those bizarre claims, Salford's MPs are financially behaving themselves…

So, for old time's sake, here's a lovely game we've found on the net where you can throw pies at Hazel in the House of Commons…just click here and then click on Hazel…

Details of all Salford MPs expenses here

Who should take on Hazel at the General Election? Click here to vote!

More Salford Star stuff on Hazel's expenses here...

c mckenzie wrote
at 18:41:59 on 19 December 2012
nothing but greedy bastards they will never stop these theaves if joe blogg fiddled the dwp there on your back so fast and have you in court before your feet toutch the ground yet these greedy bastards get away with it all the time . hazel blrears should have went to jail when she was cought stealing our money but salford people go ande vote the theaving cow back in what a joke
 
Joe Doakes wrote
at 14:34:54 on 07 November 2012
What a sickening bunch of greedy bastards . WE must never forget how these greedy bastards milk the taxpayers .
 
Irwell Running Through Me wrote
at 20:02:38 on 05 May 2012
"Not that she's got any chance of seeing herself on there, she's so anonymous" Classic!! lol. But perhaps 'Babs' will - well, not so much 'get on' as 'end up' on - the news? We live in hope :)
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star CD
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: THREE EARTH TREMORS RECORDED NEAR FYLDE FRACKING SITE
Please google "well integrity". Professor Anthony Ingraffea. The well casing is concrete and the pipe has joins. Where there's a j... [more]
article: THREE EARTH TREMORS RECORDED NEAR FYLDE FRACKING SITE
We told the government No Fracking and they've carried on regardless, riding roughshod over the public's wishes, probably for thei... [more]
article: PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW
Ray, Just be quiet, okay. The time for you pretending to be a friend of the working man is over. You're just a servile Little Yezh... [more]
article: THREE EARTH TREMORS RECORDED NEAR FYLDE FRACKING SITE
The fracking/anti-fracking debate is not the point of this comment. Without trying to diminish the geological significance of th... [more]
article: OPPOSITION TO FASCIST EDL IN MANCHESTER CALLED FOR BY POLITICIANS AND TRADE UNIONS
It is not for an MP to decide who is welcome in our city or not. I don't mind anyone holding protests or marches in Manchester ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

PARENTS PAMPER AND PLAY COMES TO SALFORD

Star date: 20th October 2018

DE-STRESSING WITH BABIES

Women In Bloom Superhero Day
Saturday 27th October 9:30am-3:30pm
Angel Centre £10 adult/£18 family

A pamper and play day is coming to the Angel Centre next Saturday, as Visit From The Stork CIC holds a Women In Bloom Superhero Day to encourage parents to find ways of taking time out for themselves and improving their mental health and wellbeing. It will feature massages, 'relax time' classes and loads of stalls.

Full details here...

THREE EARTH TREMORS RECORDED NEAR FYLDE FRACKING SITE

Star date: 19th October 2018

BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RECORDS TREMORS THAT MIGHT TRIGGER EARTHQUAKES

Three earth tremors have been recorded by the British Geological Survey near where Cuadrilla has begun fracking in Fylde..."The problem for Cuadrilla is that if it carries on regardless, bigger earthquakes may well be triggered" says David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at the University of Glasgow.

Full details here...

OPPOSITION TO FASCIST EDL IN MANCHESTER CALLED FOR BY POLITICIANS AND TRADE UNIONS

Star date: 19th October 2018

CALL TO OPPOSE EDL MEETING IN MANCHESTER

EDL Protest
Saturday 20th October 12:30pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Having abandoned plans to march in Didsbury this weekend, the fascist EDL is instead holding a rally in Manchester tomorrow, and Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism have called for a counter demonstration, backed by politicians and trade unions... "The EDL are never welcome in our city" says Kate Green MP "We stand together against division and hate."

Full details here...

PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW

Star date: 18th October 2018

THIS IS OUR HISTORY...

Peterloo, the movie, starring Maxine Peake, was premiered in Manchester last night at Home. The Salford Star was not invited but we did manage a non-exclusive twenty second interview with Salford director Mike Leigh on the red carpet, and a viewing at the peasants' overflow on Deansgate. Is it any good? Read our review and that crucial interview with Mike Leigh.

Full review here...

SWINTON PROTESTS BRING SALFORD COUNCIL AND BELLWAY HOMES TO NEGOTIATING TABLE

Star date: 17th October 2018

NEVER MIND THE BREXITS HERE'S SAVING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD!

As Theresa May was locked in Brexit talks in Brussels, this morning Salford City Council, Bellway Homes and Swinton residents' Saving Our Neighbourhood group were meeting to try and resolve horrendous problems around the Campbell Road natural green space, where the developer is attempting to build 241 houses.

The Council and Bellway have been brought to the table after constant protests by residents..."I think that's the only way we're going to get anywhere" said Barry Woodling of Saving Our Neighbourhood as residents demonstrated yet again outside the Civic Centre.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx