Bill Wiggin filled in 23 consecutive monthly forms nominating his constituency house as his second home for the purposes of his parliamentary expenses even though he and his wife owned it outright.
After The Daily Telegraph disclosed his claims , he took to the airwaves to insist all 23 times were an “honest mistake” from which he had not profited.He said he had 23 times mistakenly written the address of his property near Ledbury, Herefordshire, as his second home on the forms instead of his townhouse in west London. He had claimed £11,514 in mortgage interest payments after filling in 23 consecutive handwritten forms.
David Cameron said: “It is a bad mistake but it looks like it is an honest mistake and he was not claiming money that he was not entitled to”, even though he submitted monthly mortgage payments on the property for two years, despite the fact that there was no loan on it.
Mrinal Patel, on the other hand, filled in the ‘wrong’ address once on a form to request a place for her five year old son at Pinner Park First School, and yesterday found herself prosecuted under the Fraud Act………..if she were to be convicted Mrs Patel could face a fine of up to £1,000 or up to five years in prison.
David Cameron didn‘t say: “It is a bad mistake but it looks like it is an honest mistake and she was not claiming money that she was not entitled to”
But then Mrinal Patel isn’t an MP, is she?
Hat tip to Saul!