Letter - Labour MPs were guilty in expenses scandal

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TO quote Mr Harper’s letter last week, ‘We in the Labour Party reject the notion of selfishness and greed’.

Perhaps he can explain the following fact - there were more Labour MPs jailed for fiddling expenses than from any other political party.

- Jan 2011 – Former Labour MP David Chaytor jailed for 18 months for fraudulently claiming approximately £18,000 in expenses.

- Feb 2011 – Former Labour MP Eric Illsley jailed for 12 months for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.

- Mar 2011 – Former Labour MP Jim Devine jailed for 16 months for fraudulently claiming £8385 in expenses

- May 2011 – Ex-Labour minister Elliot Morley, who has admitted dishonestly claiming more than £30,000 in his parliamentary expenses sentenced to 16 months.

Just this week Denis MacShane another Labour MP has had to quit after being found to have submitting 19 false invoices for thousands of pounds which a commons committee described as one the ‘gravest cases’ it had come across which had not gone to court.

Our own Labour MP cannot be described as rejecting wealth, the Express reported that Mr Trickett owns two houses and has claimed thousands in expenses for a London flat.

Maybe Mr Harper is unaware that some of our councillors who represent Labour claim more expenses in a year than some people earn by working long hours.

Regarding Pastor Sullivan it seems to me he is one of the few people who actually does something for our community instead of just talking about it.

Pat Taylor

Walnut Street

South Elmsall