What ‘The Daily Telegraph’ ISN’T telling you

EdDavey1While I was pleased to see local MP Edward Davey listed as a ‘saint’ this morning, I am intrigued by the following figures obtainable from the Internet and relating to last year. Credit where it’s due, he isn’t claiming for a second home and it’s on this that his ‘saintly’ status rests. However, one might gasp at the over £26k for an office, over £85k for some staff to put in it and over £17k for staff ‘cover’, whatever that is. On top of that there’s the £9.6k for ‘communication’. Could this be the ‘communication’ allowance David Cameron wants to abolish, whereby sitting MPs get up to £10,000 of your money annually to write to you to tell you how wonderful they are. If so, it’s good to see that Ed’s making such good use of it.

Now I wonder why the Telegraph is concentrating on the second homes issue, apparently to the exclusion of all else. It seems to me that, by ignoring matters like the above they’re ignoring the elephant in the room.

Source: http://msn.shoothill.com.

Constituency: Kingston and Surbiton
MP: Davey, Mr Edward
Party: LD
Expenses
Second Home: £0
London Supplement: £2,812
Office: £26,281
Staffing: £85,362
Stationery: £1,109
IT Provision: £1,203
Staff Cover: £17,603
Communication: £9,690
Travel: £2,004
Total Expens es: £148,201


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About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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