In what is akin to bending over his constituents, ripping off their trousers, ripping off their underwear, unscrewing the KY jelly then deciding not to use it, and finally, ramming it home with full force, Michael Connarty, the MP for Linlithgow and Falkirk East has well and truly DONE his constituents.
In claiming for Britian’s second most expensive alarm clock (most expensive is the photo to the right, and recommended by EdSucks) he has shown exactly what he thinks of the use of public funds. And that’s not all.
Thieving Connarty also claimed Â£1,099 for a plasma television from John Lewis and Â£299 on a Panasonic TV stand in 2008. A year before he claimed Â£69.99 for a freeview box and Â£379.99 for a television.
He faced further questions about the sale of his flat to neighbouring Labour MP Jim Devine in 2007 when he moved in with the MP for Glasgow South Ian Davidson. Part of the sale to Mr Devine, who was also unavailable for comment, included Â£4,000 for furniture in the flat, including Â£1,000 for a sofa bed.
Mr Devine then claimed all the money back, even though the only valuation was made by the two MPs. Mr Connarty has also been asked to explain why he made Â£2,181 of claims for household goods for a second home while he shared a flat with Mr Davidson for 11 months.
Connarty is is one of 60 Labour MPs who have been outed by the Daily Telegraph for humping the taxpayer over and over again in the last few years.
Theiving Connarty sold some of the contents of his London home to Jim Devine, a close colleague, before charging the taxpayer thousands of pounds for goods delivered to addresses in Scotland.
Connarty sold his flat in the capital to Jim Devine, an MP from a neighbouring constituency, and left behind some of his furnishings and household items when he moved out. Devine agreed to pay Connarty Â£4,000, including Â£1,000 for a sofa bed. Mr Devine then reclaimed the entire sum as expenses incurred at his designated second home.
Connarty then claimed thousands of pounds for goods for his new second home in London, including a Â£250 alarm clock and luxury stereo equipment. He also claimed back the cost of two beds and two sofas, all purchased in Scotland, which were delivered to his constituency home in Falkirk and an address in Glasgow.
The Green Book, which dictates what is permissible under the Commons second homes allowance, states that MPs must only purchase items necessary for them to perform their duties and forbids anything that could be deemed a luxury.
Less than two weeks before his arrangement with Mr Devine, Mr Connarty submitted an expenses claim for Â£509.87, including Â£379.99 for a television and Â£69.99 for a Freeview box.
About a year later, in March 2007, Connarty submitted a claim for a Â£ 1,099 plasma television bought from John Lewis in Glasgow. He also spent Â£ 299 on a Panasonic TV stand, bringing his total claim to Â£ 1,398. Connarty’s designated second home remained in London, but in January 2007 he claimed Â£1,114.75 for a bed and bed frame bought at a shop in Falkirk.
The delivery address was his constituency home in the town. He also reclaimed the cost of a Â£149 footstool and Â£649 sofa bought from the Stirling branch of Reid Furniture and delivered to his Falkirk home. The following month, he changed his designated second home to a flat in London owned by Ian Davidson, the Labour MP for Glasgow South West. Around the same time, he reclaimed Â£619 for another sofa, bought from the same branch of Reid’s, which was also delivered to his Falkirk constituency home. He also submitted a Â£1,124 claim for a bed and accessories bought from a Glasgow branch of a different bed store.
The receipt shows it was to be delivered to M Connarty at an address in Glasgow. In April 2007, while Mr Davidson’s flat was still his designated second home, Connarty claimed Â£2,181 for household goods, including Â£230 for bedding from John Lewis. Connarty also claimed for a digital radio (Â£228.95), and kitchen knives, a kettle and a set of scales (Â£178.95), all from John Lewis. He also reclaimed Â£249.99 for an alarm clock radio bought at Comet and Â£211.91 for a Bose iPod docking station. This device includes a wire- less remote and plays music from a user’s iPod, but lower specification models can be purchased for about Â£40.
The theiving MP also claimed Â£191.49 for “Bose sound dock headphones”. In August 2007, Mr Connarty bought a Â£365,000 flat near Mr Davidson’s with the help of an interest-only mortgage, charging the taxpayer Â£13,136.01 in conveyancing costs and stamp duty. He designated this as his new second home and started reclaiming the mortgage interest of about Â£1,700 per month using his expenses.
The claim for the radio alarm clock from Comet is even a lie. It has raised eyebrows as there does not appear to be any alarm clock available for the price. The most expensive one currently available at Comet costs Â£199. Elsewhere, the top of the range Sunrise Alarm Clock, which includes a built in stereo MP3 player and personalised dawn to dusk light simulation, costs just Â£115.
Asked to justify the expense claims, the fcuker responded to the Daily Telegraph in an email: “The Daily Telegraph is involved in using stolen property to financially benefit the newspaper and the pay of its journalists. “In my understanding, this is the criminal act of ‘reset’. I hope the newspaper will eventually answer in court for this criminal act.” Mr Connarty failed to respond to The Daily Telegraph’s questions on the details of his expenses claims last night.
Well you theiving fcuk. Your understanding is fcuking wrong. The head of the Metropolitan Police has already told the Speakers Office to getifu, it’s not in the public interest – so answer the questions. In the interests of openness, an EdSucks co-conspiritor has contacted both the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Chief Constable of Lothain & Borders Police asking them to investigate any criminal activity.
Time for these two fcukers to do some time in the big hoose.
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Hat tip to Iain Dale for the video