Wednesday 18 October 2017

Former MP admits he's biggest expenses cheat

Tom Morgan

Former British environment minister Elliot Morley yesterday admitted being parliament's biggest expenses cheat.

The ex-Labour MP dishonestly claimed mortgage payments worth £32,000 (€36,510). Morley is the first ex-minister to face jail over the expenses scandal which rocked Westminster.

He pocketed £16,800 (€19,169) in claims on a phantom mortgage and £15,200 (€17,343) after inflating the amount he was previously paying.

Just days before he was due to go on trial, Morley entered two guilty pleas for false accounting over claims made against his home in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, between 2004 and 2007.

Morley (58) wrongly filled out a total of 40 forms relating to payments for his home. He claimed thousands of pounds more than any of the other MPs convicted over the scandal.

Irish Independent

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