this from the vile Guardian:
Reading West's Martin Salter, who never claimed a second-home allowance – he commutes, like many of his constituents – had previously decided to stand down. Now supporters are urging him to change his mind.
He doesn't claim it now. But he did from 1997 to 2001. For a non-existent London property. Because you could then. Except that others didn't. Because it's fraudulent. Come on then "supporters" - let's hear it from you. Mr Howarth?
Let's think about this. The selection process in Reading West for Labour has already begun. A short list has been drawn up. The final hustings take place a week on Saturday. Potential candidates like Nasty Naz and Dangerous Denise have presumably put some effort into this. Can Mr Salter have that whole process called off just because he fancies it? Does he have to seek to insert himself on to the short list as the sitting MP (under the rules you can do this, although you need to have previously stated in writing your intention to stand)? Or what? Is Patsy Powers going to change the rules for him? Would Nasty Naz and Dangerous Denise sue? Huh. It's all bollocks.
But then it was in the Guardian.