Unemployment (For The Proles) Minister Tony "Mad Dog" McNulty lives with his wife Christine Gilbert in a house she owns in Hammersmith, three miles from Westminster. Yet the minister has been claiming up to £14,000 a year in parliamentary expenses to help pay for another house he owns in Harrow, 11 miles from the Commons, in which his parents live.
The MP can claim the money because the house is in his Harrow constituency and so qualifies him for the second home allowance. After the arrangement was disclosed by the Mail on Sunday this weekend, Mr McNulty announced that he had decided to stop claiming the money, which he has benefited from since becoming an MP in 1997.
Still 12 years at £14,000 isn't too bad, and no tax to pay on it! Not as good as Home Economics Secretary Five Bellies Smith, but maybe McNulty isn't as clever as our Jacqui?