Londonist on Joan Ruddock's expenses

Londonist has been investigating London MPs spending during the recent election campaign and reckon that Joan Ruddock may have exploited a loophole in the system to avoid normal standards of transparency in submitting her expenses claim.

She hasn't submitted receipts and Londonist argues:

Without receipts, we have no evidence beyond the campaign's assurance that they stuck to the spending limit, or that they've accurately accounted for costs that were shared across multiple campaigns...

In Ms Ruddock's case, the Lewisham Deptford Labour Party has paid for and supplied everything bought by the campaign - amounting to £8,100 - and this has been counted as a donation, as required under the rules of notional expenditure. But listing the entire cost of a campaign as notional expenditure is pretty unusual.

7 comments:

Name said...

Here we go. *rolleyes*

Brockley Nick said...

er, can you be less abstract?

lb said...

Given that the total figure is still, receipts or no receipts, rather less than the allowed limit, I don't think Londonist has much of a story here. The point with Goldsmith was that there was an implication that far more had been spent than the allowed limit.

Name said...

Anything I say further with regards to how I feel about this will probably cause contention, so I'll leave it.

Me said...

Because She didn't go over the top like a lot of MP's,She must have found a loophole Eh.

Anonymous said...

i MUST SAY SHE HAS RESPONDED TO ALL MY LETTERS WITH ATTACHMENTS OF INQUIERY AND THAT SHE HAS CHANGED MY OPINION OF MP'S. JOAN RUDDOCK MAY HAVE ABSTAINED FROM IMPORTANT VOTES AND NOT GIVEN RECEIPTS BUT IN CONCLUSION - SHE STILL RANKS AS ONE OF THE BETTER MP'S

Anonymous said...

alright, no need to shout.

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