|I've made no secret of the fact that, as a member of the ruling Labour Group on Hackney Council, I've never claimed any expenses. So I'm squeaky clean when it comes to the recent allegations of expenses induglence and fraud. And so are the two MPs for Hackney - the MP for Hackney South, Madge Hillside and the MP for Hackney North & Stokie, Diane Portillo. In my opinion, both of these women are a credit to the Labour Party and have been fine servants to the long-suffering population of Hackney, regardless of the fact that I think Madge is a creep and Diane is a looney lefty. But this is not time for disharmony - it's time to unite against the anti-working-class running dogs of capitalism who publish the Torygraph and are determined to smear our fine men and women into defeat at the next elections.|
Miranda Portillo and Diane Grell
Miranda Hillside and Madge Grell
|Being an MP inevitably involves significant expense on office services and staff, communications with the electorate, representing the constituency, etc. I'm sure that everyone will agree that the paltry combined sum of £258,222 incurred in parliamentary expenses last year by Hillside and Portillo represents excellent value for money to the voters of Hackney. After all, you'd be hard pressed to get a Borough Chief Executive for a sum like that. And it's hardly more than ten times the average income of a Hackney voter.|
In typical style, the Tories and LibDems will have the knives out for our honest, hardworking representatives. So I'm going to pre-empt the smears by investigating their expenses myself. Over the coming days I'll be going through every one of their expenses since 2005 to prove that every penny spent by the taxpayer was well spent. So watch this space for proof that our Labour MPs are squeaky clean. Why don't you join me? Links to the expenses files can be found at the foot of this blog page.