Mr Trickett showed no regret in last week’s Express, but plenty of excuses.
He claimed he needs to be closer to the Commons due to the demands of his new shadow cabinet post - yet two minutes research reveals colleagues Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper, who live as far from Parliament as Mr Trickett’s Barnes home, can meet their obligations adequately without a Westminster flat.
Mr Trickett also told the Express he let his property to Mr Barron ‘for a fixed period between September 2011 and September 2012’. The Daily Telegraph claims Mr Barron moved into Mr Trickett’s house in July 2011, and Mr Trickett only terminated the agreement when he knew the story was about to break.
People currently claiming Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance receive £3,692 a year.
If they are found trying to supplement this with unofficial work, they are brought to court, subjected to widespread criticism, and in some cases, sent to jail. Nobody has sympathy for them, for they are cheating the system, claiming what they are not entitled to.
Mr Trickett, who calls himself ‘Socialist’, isn’t satisfied with £66,000 a year plus expenses.
Following the Telegraph’s figures, it would seem his ‘one bedroom flat near Westminster’ has so far cost the taxpayer £29,250 – and allowed him to bank £22,500 from renting to Mr Barron (who claimed it from the taxpayer).
As the Tories take a machete knife to the welfare state, we must conclude that the Hemsworth MP is filling his boots while he can. But then again, they all are.