Ex-Labour MPs and Tory peer lose expenses appeals – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2010 in appeals, expenses, false accounting, fraud, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

“Three former Labour MPs and an ex-Tory peer facing expenses fraud allegations have lost appeals over a ruling that they are not protected by parliamentary privilege from prosecution.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ENE Kos 1 Ltd v Petroleo Brasileiro SA – WLR Daily

Posted July 9th, 2010 in appeals, charterparties, expenses, law reports, remuneration by sally

ENE Kos 1 Ltd v Petroleo Brasileiro SA [2010] EWCA Civ 772; [2010] WLR (D) 173

“A shipowner who withdrew his vessel from a charterer’s service for non-payment of hire while cargo was on board the vessel and required the charterer to remove the cargo from the vessel, was not entitled to remuneration, in the absence of accident, emergency or necessity, unless expressly or impliedly agreed. The owner could recover expenses incurred in taking care of the cargo in the course of the operation to discharge it. The owner could claim the cost of maintaining a guarantee on a counterclaim for wrongful withdrawal of the vessel as part of the costs awarded to him in the counterclaim.”

WLR Daily, 8th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Ex-MPs and peer on expenses charges ‘not above the law’ – The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2010 in appeals, expenses, false accounting, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

“An appeal brought by three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer facing trial over allegations that they fiddled their expenses was not an attempt to ‘take them above the law’, three of the country’s top judges heard today.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ex Labour MPs and Tory peer lose expenses ruling – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2010 in expenses, false accounting, fraud, news, parliament, parliamentary privilege by sally

Three former MPs and a peer are set to stand trial over expenses fraud allegations after a judge ruled they could not claim parliamentary privilege to stop prosecution.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Watchdog to revise expenses rules after MPs’ complaints – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2010 in complaints, expenses, news, parliament by sally

“The new parliamentary watchdog is to revise some of its rules after an outcry from MPs over the new expenses regime, with many saying they are being forced to lay off staff and others claiming to be substantially out of pocket.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs to challenge new expenses watchdog over strict rules – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2010 in expenses, news, ombudsmen, parliament by sally

“MPs are to challenge the new expenses watchdog, claiming its strict rules are forcing them to lay off staff and compromising their service to constituents.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s ignorance about legal aid does not surprise experts – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2010 in expenses, legal aid, news, political parties by sally

“Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s apparent lack of understanding about how legal aid works has not surprised experts, who say they have long been battling ignorance about the importance of the service.”

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The Guardian, 13th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Accused MPs ‘will have to pay back legal aid’ – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2010 in expenses, legal aid, news by sally

“Labour MPs awarded legal aid to fund their court battle against charges that they fiddled parliamentary expenses will have to pay the money back, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today.”

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The Independent, 12th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Expenses MPs Devine, Chaytor and Morley get legal aid – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2010 in expenses, legal aid, news by sally

“Three former Labour MPs facing criminal charges over their expenses have won the right to have their legal fees paid for by the taxpayer.”

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BBC News, 12th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New parliamentary expenses evidence passed to CPS – The Independent

Posted March 30th, 2010 in Crown Prosecution Service, expenses, false accounting, news, theft by sally

“Scotland Yard passed a new file of evidence against a Parliamentarian suspected of abusing expenses to prosecutors today.”

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The Independent, 30th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs warned: cheat on expenses and face ‘a ton of bricks’ – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2010 in expenses, news, ombudsmen, parliament by sally

“The parliamentary watchdog has warned MPs that his organisation will come down on them ‘like a ton of bricks’ if they break new expenses rules, saying those who cheat could be fined or have pay docked.”

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Charging decision regarding Baroness Uddin – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 16th, 2010 in Crown Prosecution Service, domicile, expenses, parliament, press releases by sally

“Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced that there will be no charges in relation to Baroness Uddin’s claims for parliamentary expenses.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th March 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

No expenses charges for baroness – BBC News

Posted March 12th, 2010 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Labour peer Baroness Uddin will not face charges over her expenses, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.”

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BBC News, 12th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lords watchdog to investigate peer’s expenses – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2010 in expenses, news, peerages & dignities by sally

“A House of Lords standards watchdog is to look into a complaint over the expenses of former Labour chairman Lord Clarke of Hampstead, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 9th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Big Question: What is parliamentary privilege, and is it being abused? – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2010 in expenses, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

Three Labour MPs, Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine and a Tory peer, Lord Hanningfield, have been charged with false accounting over their expenses claims. They deny the offences and are trying to avoid a criminal trial by invoking the 1689 Bill of Rights which gives force to parliamentary privilege. This is the privilege which stops MPs and peers from being sued for defamation.”

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The Independent, 9th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Statement from Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, on parliamentary expenses charging decisions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following widespread concerns about the expenses claimed by some MPs and some members of the House of Lords, a number of complaints were made to the Metropolitan Police alleging criminal conduct. In light of these complaints on 15 May 2009, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, and I agreed to set up a panel of senior police officers and senior prosecuting lawyers to assess the complaints and consider whether there should be a criminal investigation into any of them.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th February 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Three Labour MPs and one Tory peer face expenses abuse charges – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2010 in expenses, false accounting, news by sally

“Three Labour MPs and a Tory peer will face criminal charges over alleged abuses of their expenses, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 5th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Former judge hits out at ‘damaging’ penalties as he grants MPs’ expenses appeals – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2010 in appeals, expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Sir Paul Kennedy, the former judge ­dealing with MPs’ appeals against demands for repayments after the expenses ­scandal, was deeply critical of the ­’damaging and unfair’ penalties today as he granted the majority of the 75 appeals.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP due to announce MPs’ expenses charges decision – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2010 in expenses, false accounting, news by sally

“Prosecutors are due to reveal whether they intend to bring criminal charges against six MPs and peers over their expenses claims.”

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BBC News, 5th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

’19 MPs win appeals over expenses’ – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in appeals, expenses, news by sally

“At least a quarter of MPs’ appeals against demands for repayment of expenses have been upheld fully or in part, it was claimed today.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk