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Thursday, May 28, 2009

MP claims for servants' quarters

To the horror of the Tory leadership, which believes the expenses claims of grandees are reviving old stereo-types, Butterfill appeared slightly confused as he explained that today's Daily Telegraph had mistakenly claimed that he had servants. "It is a gross misrepresentation of what I said to the young lady at the Telegraph," he told the BBC Newsnight programme as he denied having built servants' quarters from his parliamentary allowance.

"I purchased a house in Woking in ­derelict condition. I gutted and rewired it. I extended the living room, I extended the kitchen, and made a family room off the kitchen; and I extended it to make a wing for my gardener and his wife."

Then, with a slip of the tongue, he indicated that he did have servants' quarters. "The mistake I made was that, in claiming interest [from the expenses allowance] on the home, I didn't separate from that the value of the servants' … er the staff … wing. I claimed the whole of that and the whole of the council tax related to that.

Good grief! Can it get any worse? Upstairs Downstairs returns to Parliament.
claiming for car expenses, when perfectly good public transport services are available might be next
The only question being whether those public transport services are available as a viable alternative.
a half hourly train service between Swansea and Cardiff, from 5 in the morning until midnight seems to be an alternative to a great number of people

if the numbers who catch the train are anything to go by.
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