Disgraced MP to pay back fraction of cash

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  1. Now if it had been a matelot or anyone else?

    As for the Standards and Privileges committee, talk about looking after their own.

    The Standards and Privileges Committee has now concluded that Henry's starting salary was not "unreasonably high" - despite being £800 above the recommended level. However, it was unreasonable for Mr Conway to give him a 25 per cent pay rise just nine months after his employment began.

    Is it time for parliament to be accountable to the electorate and this sort of behavior investigated by an independent source?
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    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090129/tuk-disgraced-mp-to-pay-back-fraction-of-dba1618.html

    Disgraced MP to pay back fraction of cash

    Disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway has been ordered to apologise to the House of Commons and repay £3,757 over money paid to his son. Skip related content
    Related photos / videos Disgraced MP to pay back fraction of cash The amount is a fraction of the £82,000 of taxpayers' cash the Bexley and Old Sidcup MP paid to his sons Henry and Frederick for little or no work.

    Henry was paid over £32,000 in Parliamentary allowances and bonuses between 2001 and 2004 while he was a student. Freddie earned in excess of £40,000 over three years for "research" despite being on a full time degree course at the University of Newcastle.

    A year ago, the Committee on Standards and Privileges recommended that the House of Commons order Mr Conway to repay a sum of £13,000 and be suspended for ten days and he subsequently had the Tory whip withdrawn for paying Freddie.

    The case sparked uproar over MPs generous allowances regime, and led to calls for a ban on them employing family members.

    The Standards and Privileges Committee has now concluded that Henry's starting salary was not "unreasonably high" - despite being £800 above the recommended level. However, it was unreasonable for Mr Conway to give him a 25 per cent pay rise just nine months after his employment began.

    In its latest report, the committee said Mr Conway had made another "serious lapse of judgment" over Henry's employment.

    The Parliamentary watchdog said: "We expect him to apologise to the House for his breach of the rules by writing to our chairman. We also recommend that Mr Conway be required to reimburse the House for the full cost of the overpayments to Henry Conway, totalling £3,757.83."

    MPs will vote on whether to impose the punishments.

    As of April 1 2008, it was ruled that no claim against allowances of £25 or more per item would be reimbursed unless accompanied by a receipt.

    On January 30, 2008, Mr Conway announced he would not stand at the next General Election, saying he did not wish his "personal circumstances to be a distraction" from David Cameron's leadership
     
  2. Slim

    In reality no MP is going to get that tough omn another, they all have a skeleton or two so being too nasty will create a backlash.

    At least he has said he will get of the train, another reason for having an early election, as if we really neaded one.
     

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