Police rule out charges against most MPs in expenses scandal

By Steve Doughty
Last updated at 12:56 AM on 06th June 2009

The vast majority of MPs involved in the expenses scandal will not face prosecution, it emerged yesterday.

Even those who made outrageous claims had based them on ‘accurate information’, the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.

It added that ‘a small number of allegations’ were still being pursued.

David Chaytor
Elliot Morley

Possible police probe: Labour MPs David Chaytor (left) and Elliot Morley may face further investigation after claiming public money for their mortgages

These are believed to include former minister Elliot Morley and Labour MP David Chaytor, who claimed on mortgages which had already been paid off, and Labour peer Baroness Uddin, alleged to have claimed £100,000 in allowances after saying an empty flat was her main home.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance, which is planning to launch private prosecutions against
MPs, said it was ‘disappointed’.

 

Spokesman Matthew Elliott said: ‘It is very disappointing that the police
appear to be ruling out investigating MPs so soon, without demanding the full evidence.

‘If the Met and the Crown Prosecution Service won’t even scrutinise the documents
and call MPs in for questioning, then our lawyers will.’

Daily Mail readers have contributed tens of thousands of pounds to support the TaxPayers’ Alliance Bring Them To Justice campaign.

Lawyers for the pressure group are preparing to invite MPs suspected of criminal
offences to make themselves available for questioning.

The Scotland Yard statement came after a panel of CPS lawyers and police officers,
under Acting Commander Nigel Mawer, carried out ‘initial work’ with fees office officials in both Commons and Lords.

It said: ‘The panel’s view is that, unless evidence is available which shows individuals
deliberately misled the fees office, it is highly unlikely that there could be a successful
prosecution.’

 

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Surprise, surprise. Or not, seeing as the upper echelons of the Police `Service` are completely in the pockets of the politicians. What an open sewer this country has become and how the fallen of two world wars have been betrayed.

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When politicians pick the police and CPS based on their own political values, this is what you get.

No justice for perpetrators of fraud and theft and no consideration for the public who pay all their wages.

What a hellhole labour have turned this country into.

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Well, well - fancy that

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Innocent until PROVEN guilty!.

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Now I hope that there are no more prosecutions for benefit fraud, as that is what the MPs have been doing. This country is now in a hole deeper than Zimbabwe is. We have a bent and corrupt political system that must be on the take to get any results.

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Well there's a surprise!!

Absolutely disgraceful, I'm lost for words, and you would'nt dare print my opinion!!!!!!!

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