Wednesday, 16 December 2009

they didn't ought to have been and gone and done that

on the Silly Boys website they attack the Reading East MP for "using taxpayers' money to subsidise a political party". Oh dear. The listed office for Reading Labour Party is 413 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1HA, which last time I looked was the taxpayer-funded office for Martin Salter MP. Reading Labour Party's leaflets are mostly produced within that office, using a Risograph machine funded by the taxpayer as part of Mr Salter's constituency office equipment. Mr Salter's expenses returns show regular substantial payments too from the taxpayer to Public Impact Ltd, prop. Mr J. Howarth (remember "Your Better Off With Labour"?) , some of which is laundered into the production of glossy publications for Reading Labour Party. To say nothing of Mr Salter's boasts that "the council delivers my election leaflets" and the regular donation of council facilities free for Reading Labour Party events, promotions and stunts, something which the shamed former chief executive, Trish Haines, told me would continue as long as she was in office, because all the council's facilities were "in the hands of the Labour Group, and that means Martin Salter too". How true. To say even less about Mr Salter's claim of over £40K of taxpayers' money for a non-existent London property between 1997 and 2001.

In the name of God, go.

8 comments:

Alex M said...

Indeed, I can spot more holes in their article than a slice of Leerdammer!

Silly thing to do, surely the local Conservatives will now annihilate them on Martin Salter's expenses - Cllr Ruhemann is no Alistair Campbell that's for sure!

Alex M said...

The story has now been removed from the Reading Labour website... ominous!

jane said...

oh, the power!

Anonymous said...

It's back up now.

Anonymous said...

You also have to wonder why Reading Labour haven't submitted any accounts to the electoral commission since 2005. Or have they been doing so badly that they haven't made/spent over £25k?

Anonymous said...

Why has he claimed for having his personal Tax Return done?

See page 3 for details (and page 2 for the claim) - "Preparing your personal tax return for the year ending 5th April"

http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/martin-salter/Martin_Salter_0708_IEP.pdf

Anonymous said...

Is the story up on the Labour website again? Oh yes it is! Oh no it isn't! You can tell that it's pantomime season.....

Anonymous said...

You don't pay Council Tax on an office. The Conservative Association would be classed as a small business so pay business rates. probably with a rebate for having a low turnover.

Amazing that Pete Ruhrman doesn't know that as surely it is pretty obvious??