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MP Pleads Guilty

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MP Pleads Guilty

An ex Labour MP has pleaded guilty to charges involving his expenses and faces up to 7 years in prison.
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Three other ex-MPs and two peers have also been charged in relation to their expenses claims and are due to face trial.
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pierre_pierre
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and one of the Lords was your Conservative County Council Leader
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Discussion on the "today" program this morning on whether MP's should be deselected by their constituency, or by the judiciary.
Interesting arguments on both sides
Phil Woolas [former Labour minister] has lost his bid to overturn an election court's ruling that stripped him of his Commons seat and barred him from politics.
nadger
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The guy who's pleaded guilty was blatantly fiddling so deserves a prison sentence in the same way as people who have been fiddling DWP out of similar sums are given.
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And whats the betting that it will be a suspended Jail sentence on the grounds of a first offence & credit for pleading guilty
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Why are these few being prosecuted, what about all the others?
Are there different levels of expense fiddling, from "oh that's OK" to "you will go to prison for seven years"?
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I think these were the only ones where the level of cheating was deemed to be a criminal offence as opposed to not following the spirit of the rules whatever that may be
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Thin line that I think Jim
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unfortunately not thin enough
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And they're still at it.  As one loophole is closed they find another way to get money out of the system.
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johpal
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Far too many MPs have been allowed off lightly. Most people caught with their hand in the till are not given the opportunity to repay without some sort of judicial process, yet these have.
Although others point out, no laws may have been broken, only "rules" badly drafted and misinterpreted, anybody who cannot morally separate right from wrong does not deserve to represent others. Deselection, recall, whatever you want to call it, must be a right of voters and a lifeetime ban on the culprit  from all politics should ensue. Perhaps if this were done, there would be fairly few people willing to represent the electorate; that would reduce the costs anyway...
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I have to agree with you there johpal.  It's getting even worse though:
More revelations
Action really has to be taken against these people.