Day: 19/09/2014

Southend Labour candidate won’t claim accommodation expenses

ian gilbert southend

Earlier this week the news broke, that Rochford & Southend East’s MP James Duddridge claimed £11,000 in the last year on accomodation costs. This was, apparently, split between renting a flat and hotel bills. Except, James Duddridge not only lives within an hour’s train journey of London, but he owns two flats in the capital, which he rents out.

Since then I’ve been trying in vain to get a response out of Mr Duddridge. He is happy to tweet insipid lines-to-take straight from CCHQ. But answering constituents’ questions? Not so much.

Fortunately Ian Gilbert, the Labour candidate for Rochford & Southend East, has had the fortitude to actually say something on this matter: Ian has promised that, if elected as the constituency’s new MP, he won’t claim accommodation expenses.

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Lucy – A Review


I freely admit that I wasn’t blown away by the trailer for Luc Besson’s Scarlet Johansson-centric SF blockbuster Lucy. It seemed like a blur of an action film, with Johansson relegated to a stripped down, dumbed down version of her side-character in the Marvel films.

It struck me as lowest common denominator action with an SF background pasted on. I very nearly passed it by. But a film is a film, and an evening out to the cinema is an evening out to the cinema.

So what can Besson, the director of Leon and The Fifth Element, offer this time around?

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