Copy of a letter I sent into the Leicester Mercury (I don’t know if it is going to be in print).
I felt so upset for Conservative MP Alan Duncan having to apologise in the Leicester Mercury on the 12th May (“MP Duncan apologises over expenses”). I have some sympathy for the man, having to survive on a mere £60,000 a year plus a second home allowance. It must be terrible not to be able to afford your gardening bills for your mansion in Rutland. Just the expenses he claimed on the mortgage interest alone (£1400 a month) is more than most people have to live on. Surely paying for the upkeep of a petrol lawnmower and gardening is a reasonable Parliamentary expense? The sight of an untidy lawn could put him off his work, as he looks out of his bay windows onto his vast acreage.
Mr Duncan stated that he was the first MP to ever publish his expenses. He is completely wrong in this. Dave Nellist, MP for Coventry South, lived on the average wage of a skilled worker (he got the shop stewards in local car factory to work it out) from 1983 to 1992.He donated the rest to different causes and published accounts to show where the money went. Mr Nellist is standing as a No2EU Yes to Democracy candidate in the West Midlands in the European elections, and all the candidates for this party still pledge not to take the inflated wages of Brussels bureaucrats, who can be millionaires within 5 years, all at our expense.
Please pass on my condolences to Mr Duncan. However, it is time that the sleazy fat cats who represent us in Parliament and in Brussels were chucked out of office and replaced with elected representatives on a workers’ wage.
Sent on behalf of the Leicester No2EU Yes to Democracy campaign.