It has just been announced that Momentum are under investigation by the Electoral Commission – this is the political movement within Labour that has worked to get Jeremy Corbyn to his position as leader of the Labour Party.
It is also the movement that has managed to cause an almost catastrophic situation for Labour that has actually resulted in the party being made up essentially of ‘two Labours,’ pushing the whole party further and further away from the chance of ever being able to get someone into 10 Downing Street.
According to a report on the BBC:
The Electoral Commission is investigating whether the Labour-supporting Momentum group broke finance rules during the 2017 general election.
The elections watchdog says its probe will consider if Momentum’s returns included accurate donation information.
It said questions over compliance risked harming voter confidence.
Momentum said: “Much of the Electoral Commission investigation refers to a series of administrative errors that can be easily rectified.”
It said it would fully comply with the investigation.
The grassroots movement was set up to support Jeremy Corbyn’s successful 2015 leadership bid and now campaigns for Labour.
It was registered as a non-party campaigner during the snap 2017 general election in June.
Bob Posner, the Electoral Commission’s director of political finance, regulation and legal counsel, said: “Momentum are a high profile active campaigning body.
“Questions over their compliance with the campaign finance rules at June’s general election risks causing harm to voters’ confidence in elections.
“There is significant public interest in us investigating Momentum to establish the facts in this matter and whether there have been any offences.”
Gee. We sure hope that no rules were broken. That would be awful, wouldn’t it?
ANGER as top Corbyn aide ‘pockets £260,000 of taxpayers’ cash for home that DOESN’T EXIST’
There has been a great deal of expressed anger today after it was revealed that one of Jeremy Corbyn’s top aides had pocketed more than £60,000 of taxpayers’ money in expenses for a home that doesn’t actually exist.
For the many, not the few.
The allegations date back to 2010, and according to a report in The Express:
Lord Bassam is one of a handful of Lords’ frontbenchers entitled to a Lords Office Holders Allowance (LOHA), currently £36,366 a year, due to his position as Labour’s Chief Whip in the House of Lords and because his main home is not in London.
However, Lord Bassam has pocketed the money and joined commuters on the hour-long trip between Brighton and the capital instead of spending it on a second home in London or hotel bills.
The Labour peer has also admitted he was wrong to take £41,000 in travel expenses for commuting between Westminster and his Brighton home.
Lord Bassam has promised to pay back up to £41,000.
He told the Mail on Sunday: “I will not be submitting any further claims in this way. I will also discuss the steps necessary to repay previous travel claims including those made since the  Election.”
When asked to justify his LOHA payments, he said: “Regarding the Office Holders Allowance, I have not been advised that any breach of the rules has taken place.”
We honestly thought that all of this expenses jiggery pokery in Westminster was a thing of the past after the major scandal that erupted a few years ago.
Remoaner David Cameron claimed £50,000 IN EXPENSES after leaving 10 Downing Street
It has been revealed that the Remoaner ex-Prime Minister David Cameron claimed a whopping £50,000 in expenses after he walked out of 10 Downing Street due to losing the 2016 EU referendum.
Cast your minds back to last year, and Cameron announced his resignation within just a few hours of the United Kingdom waking up to the news that the Leave campaign had come out on top.
It was even alleged that he was heard saying ‘why should I have to deal with all the hard sh*t’ – it smacked of a toddler throwing a massive hissy fit after not getting their own way.
He lost. He left. So why on Earth has he been able to claim £50,000 in expenses while launching into his incredibly lucrative post-politics career of public speaking and all of the other ‘trappings’ that come with the status of being an ex-Prime Minister?
According to a report in the Daily Mail:
David Cameron received tens of thousands of pounds in ‘public duty’ allowance after quitting Downing Street – as he raked in money from corporate speeches and his memoirs.
The ex-PM claimed just over £50,000 to cover expenses after standing down in July following his defeat in the EU referendum.
The ‘public duty cost allowance’ is granted by the government to ‘assist’ former Prime Ministers in recognition of their ‘special position in public life’.
However, unusually, Nick Clegg, who was Mr Cameron’s deputy until 2015 and lost his seat at the election this year, has been given the benefit.
He received £114,982 last year, just £18 below the maximum level.
Tony Blair, who has made millions of pounds from consultancy work and speeches since leaving office in 2007, claimed the full £115,000.
Gordon Brown and Sir John Major received £114,838 and £115,000 respectively.
Why are we not surprised that Teflon Tony went the whole hog and got the entire £115K?
To be fair to Blair, that ‘it wasn’t me, guv’ smile must cost a fortune to maintain in dental bills.
This whole system is just another example of vast sums of taxpayers’ money being spent in the wrong way – especially at a time when so many other areas of the public sector could use this cash.
£115,000 is ‘small potatoes’ in the grand scheme of things, but it is yet another representation of how our government represents the interests of the wealthiest members of society first and foremost.