Last Thursday the House of Commons published a breakdown of MPs’ expenses. On the whole this shows that Ealing’s three Labour MPs are fairly well behaved in the area of claiming expenses.
They all claim pretty much up to the maximum of Â£104K for their office expenses. I personally think that this kind of spending by MPs should make sure that our Government is better scrutinised so I don’t have much argument with it. This allows you to employ 2 or 3 good people to do research and manage your postbag.
Stephen Pound, Ealing North, only claimed Â£277 for living away from home last year. Andrew Slaughter, Ealing, Acton & Shepherd’s Bush, only claimed the London supplement of Â£2,360 and Piara Khabra, Ealing Southall, did not claim anything. Hurrah! Top marks for Ealing MPs in this area although it would be surprising if there were big bills in this area.
On the other hand Joan Ryan, Under-Secretary of State for nationality, citizenship and immigration, is also MP for Enfield North. Maybe she feels thatÂ divorce affect immigration process. It’s also important to note a tube home to Enfield North is beneath her dignity. Somehow she manages to claim near the maximum housing allowance at Â£19,333. So I guess we should be grateful to our own MPs.
Local MPs are also pretty modest with their travel expenses:
- Stephen Pound, Ealing North, Â£4,431
- Andrew Slaughter, Ealing, Acton & Shepherd’s Bush, Â£2,391
- Piara Khabra, Ealing Southall, Â£3,007
All three Ealing MPs spent a bit writing us letters:
- Stephen Pound, Ealing North, Â£4,181
- Andrew Slaughter, Ealing, Acton & Shepherd’s Bush, Â£6,358
- Piara Khabra, Ealing Southall, Â£1,735
Piara Khabra’s level of spending in this area might be so low as to suggest a lack of activity! Indeed our octogenarian MP for Ealing Southall has not done anything at Parliament since last July. See TheyWorkForYou.com. I nicked the retro 50s style black and white photo, left, from the Labour website.
Finally, Piara Khabra scored another zero on the IT front. I guess at 81 all that IT stuff is a bit much. We will be celebrating Piara Khabra’s 82nd birthday on 20th November.