to select the Labour candidate in Reading West of course. On Thursday Newsnight did a feature on the Reading West constituency and this feature indicated that people who previously voted Labour are not minded to do so again. They filmed the event in Reading East of course. Now I don't know where the Reading West selection is being held, I suppose the boys might break their habit of years and have it in Reading West, I would like to think so. Because whoever is selected today should do their campaigning in Reading West and not East, and not follow Mr Salter's example. In any case the boys are looking for the weakest candidate they can get, which is why they stitched up Mark Bennett, who could have held the seat for Labour. They believe it is going Tory and they want Labour representation in Reading, rapidly becoming a distant memory thanks to their activities and the covert Tory support of Singleton-White and Sutton in particular, to be remembered as the utter stonking wonderfulness of Mr Salter, who managed to represent Reading West while hardly ever setting foot there.
Anyway, some people have been trying to post a story on this blog about my alleged claiming of parliamentary expenses (it's a long time ago boys, get over it) for a "palatial" property in Reading. I have let one such remark through and posted that it is a lie, which it is. But I know their ways. So if you have been told anything of the sort it is not true. During my eight years in Parliament I claimed Additional Costs Allowance for a flat in London. I had a flat in London during those years. I don't now. End of story. Mr Salter however claimed £1000 a month between 1997 and 2001 for a flat in London he did not have, and used the money to go fishing in India and Canada, and he now has a rather fine large property in Tilehurst on the proceeds. Nice if you can get it. And he can't say it was within the rules because it was not.