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What the MPs looted

Issue No. 2265

Politicians condemned “looters” who stole things like televisions in the riots. But MPs have been looting TVs and other electronics for years on their expenses.

Here are some of Socialist Worker’s top hypocrites:

Michael Gove, Tory education secretary, claimed over £7,000 to do up his house. He bought a dishwasher, a cooker, a fridge-freezer and a toaster—and blew £134.50 on elephant lamps.

After the riots, Gove said, “I think the balance has shifted too far in favour of people, often young people, who say ‘I know my rights’.”

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Labour MP Hazel Blears claimed £1,000 a month for a flat in London—and £1,773 on two TVs in under a year. She spoke of the need to “get prosecutions, convictions and stiffer sentences on the people who are basically criminals” after the riots.

Tory Roger Gale claimed £624.98 for a television and stand, and £250.30 for a TV aerial. After the riots he said he hoped to see “the use of water cannon and, if necessary, the armed forces” to “protect people and property”.

Tory Sir Peter Tapsell pocketed £23,000 a year rent for a second home in London—and claimed £1,199 for train journeys made by his wife.

After the riots he asked whether the government could round up rioters in Wembley stadium.


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