Socialist Worker

Ministers cash in on schemes

Issue No. 2151

Many Labour ministers are using the second home expenses scam.

Junior health minister Ben Bradshaw has used his second home allowance to pay the entire mortgage on a London home which he jointly owned.

Baroness Thornton, a Labour minister in the whips’ office, owns a £1 million family house near Hampstead Heath in London.

But she claims up to £22,000 a year by saying that her mother’s modest bungalow in Yorkshire is her main home.

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