They Will Only Learn The Hard Way.


Peers who have claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds for homes they rarely visit will escape prosecution through a House of Lords loophole.

Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, denounced the change, which was made last month. It allows peers to designate as their main home a property they visit no more than once a month — a ruling Mr Starmer said caused him “very real difficulty”.
Starmer said:
You could not have a looser definition. It would be nigh on impossible to find a neighbour who could act as a witness and who could say that a peer had not once stayed at a house — short of mounting 24-hour surveillance.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced yesterday that it could not bring criminal charges against Baroness Uddin, a Labour peer who received more than £100,000 in allowances by claiming that her main residence was outside London. Her family home is in Wapping, East London, where she has lived for more than a decade.

Last week, Labour Peer and donor Lord Paul  revealed that there would be no prosecution in his case either.
And if that wasn't bad enough, now we get this:

THE HOUSE of Lords has used parliamentary privilege to hide the details of a ruling that caused the collapse of criminal inquiries into the expenses claims of two Labour peers.
Officials blocked the release of a secret memo outlining the reasons for the changes in expenses rules that made it impossible to prosecute Baroness Uddin and Lord Paul.


There is now a Facebook group calling for the filthy lucre to be returned here  Gotty has this from Udder's wikipedia entry and the Tax Payers Alliance are considering a private prosecution in conjuction with Sir Paul Judge founder of  Jury Team.

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  1. Curious that desperate Brown chooses this moment to launch his latest attack upon the House Of Lords.

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