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Star date: 11th April 2011

SALFORD MP EXPENSES FUN –
KEELEY CLAIMS OVER £1000 ON INK… STRINGER CLAIMS 88P FOR PETROL… BLEARS CLAIMS £681 FOR A SIGN WITH HER NAME ON IT…

Our MPs claims for the end of last year have just been released and they make fun reading…

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The expenses for Salford's two and a half MPs have been revealed for the period September to November 2010 (with a bit of December chucked in) and they make interesting reading. Here's the highlights…

HAZEL BLEARS

After Hazel's orgy of expenses was exposed before the last General Election (see here) the Salford MP has certainly reigned it in a bit. No cleaning or laundry expenses claimed at all – however does she manage?

Hazel does claim £681.50 for that huge sign outside her office shop front on Langworthy Road, no doubt to tell her constituents that she's here – and then claims £3013.84 on `miscellaneous expenses' for the office, including security, alarms and a door entry system which some might think is to keep everyone out of there, plus £130 on blinds, presumably so no bugger can see what's going on behind closed doors.

Hazel is also claiming £1373.54 for six months service charges on her London flat, plus £395 per month mortgage interest charges, which has come down a bit too (see here).

Naughty Hazel did have £3 knocked off her claim in October when the £30 receipt for parking at Stockport station didn't match her claim for £33.

Altogether, between September and November 2010 Hazel Blears claimed £9599.50, one of the highest amounts in Greater Manchester.

BARBARA KEELEY

Worsely MP Barbara Keeley managed to spend £1086.51 on computer inks and toners over the three month period, including £193.84 on black and yellow cartridges, £308.92 on HP and Armor cartridges and £200.99 on OKI toner cartridges. Has she never heard of the cheapo computer ink booth on Salford Precinct?

Barbara also claimed another £200 in office costs plus £145.50 for a telly licence at the office, and £2500 in office rent for five months, plus another £3450 in office rent although no dates are given.

Perhaps the strangest claims are for travel. Barbara claims mileage for travel `within constituency': Sale to Eccles? Sale to Manchester? Since when was Sale in Salford? There are also mileage claims from `Constituency office to Westminster': Sale to Stockport? (obviously the station). They are only small amounts but it does raise the question whether MPs should be claiming for travel from their home outside the constituency to the constituency.

Barbara Keeley's expenses for this period amount to £8073.09

GRAHAM STRINGER

Our half a Salford MP for Broughton (and Blackley) is either a complete petty skinflint or is making a point of how little he claims. One mileage claim is for 88p from his office to Manchester, while another is for 60p from his office to Lighthouse School.

What Graham loses on the mileage he makes up for with hotel claims over the period – a whopping £3,357.85. There's also a claim for £1453.18 for advertising constituency surgeries in the Manchester Evening News. He should be advertising in the Salford Star – we'll do it for £100!

Graham Stringer's expenses for this period amount to £5857.35

 

 


 

Andyfor Langworthy wrote
at 20:37:33 on 15 April 2011
Is Hazel ashamed of Labour or is Labour trying to oust her.(No mention on the Signage). Also Hazel must be on a serious diet.No claims of £200 per month for food,but she can only claim £15 thesedays when a receipt is in place. Perhaps she is taking tips of Ian stewart he used to claim £400 per month for food so he must be really hungry these days. Well deary me Barbara claiming for petrol to and from Sale. £67'000 PA not enough to get by.
 
Duggie Howell wrote
at 20:36:11 on 15 April 2011
Hazel's sign should have been the ridiculous cheesy grin she pulls at every photo opportunity .Unless the event is of relevance and importance to local people , in which case she won't show at all , just like the clowncillors .
 
Ed Ward wrote
at 10:59:33 on 15 April 2011
Quite right. No politician , local and Wasteminster , should be able to claim ANY expenses.They all crawl into the grubby , corrupt cesspit of politics to 'serve' and 'make a difference ', but are all too eager to wallow in the taxpayer -funded freebie bottomless pit.They all are paid more than double the average wage , for less than half the work .Stuff them all .If they don't like it , they can try the real world of work , where most of these bullshitters are unemployable .
 
James Adenough wrote
at 17:14:43 on 14 April 2011
That sign is awful and has spoilt the look of Langworthy road still it goes with Hazel's narcissic personality! I prefer the look of the derelict langworthy pub more than this sign!(and her!). As for Barbara Keely who has ever heard of her enough to write and get a response!!
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 17:14:33 on 14 April 2011
Mick makes an excellent point, the sign should read 'Member of Parliament'. In my opinion no politicians should be allowed to claim any expenses, be they local councillors or MPs. They get more than enough money in salaries and anyone else who has to go to work must pay their own costs for transport, meals and whatever else they might need to carry out their job, and on far less pay. If they don't want to do the job without expenses they should resign and give the job to someone who will.
 
Mick wrote
at 16:25:45 on 11 April 2011
Surely it would have been more a more sensible use of public money not to have had Hazel Blear's name on the sign? When she finally gets voted out or deselected then the next MP will have to spend a similar amount amending it. A more sensible (and far less ego-centric) solution would have been to simply write 'Member of Parliament' with no name attatfched.
 
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