Friday, 20 May 2011

Former Scunthorpe MP & Labour Minister Convicted

Former Labour Minister and Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe, Mr. Elliot Morley (previous post here), has been jailed for sixteen months as part of the on-going fall-out of the Parliamentary Expenses Scandal.

Mr. Morley pocketed more than £30,000 from bogus expenses claims. The former Environment Minister cheated the House of Commons' second home allowances system by lying about the amount he was paying on his mortgage. He submitted nineteen claim forms stating he was liable for £800 a month mortgage interest repayments on his constituency home in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, when the total he repaid was just £666.

The former Labour parliamentarian for Scunthorpe made a further twenty-one claims on the same property between March 2006 and November 2007, when the whole of the mortgage had been completely been paid off.

Mr. Justice Saunders told him it was a case of 'blatant dishonesty'. Morley, who illegally claimed a total of £31,333, admitted two counts of false accounting. Mr. James Sturman, QC, defending, said his client had been wrongly characterised as greedy, and praised his record as environment minister, describing his fall as 'tragic'.

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