Day: 07/10/2014

James Duddridge’s response to my letter about his expenses


Regular readers may recall that I wrote to James Duddridge, MP for Rochford & Southend East a few weeks back, about his having claimed over £11,000 of expenses for hotels and rent in London, despite his constituency being less than an hour from the capital. Below is his response (received on Friday).

Dear Mr Dent,

Thank you for your correspondence regarding my expenses.

Since 2010 MPs expenses have been reviewed and quite rightly, for understandable reasons, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority was created in order to form an autonomous oversight of expenses, seperate to MPs.

Please find below the website for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, who set the framework for what can and cannot be claimed. I know, having spoken to the Chief Executive, Marcial Boo, that they are keen to receive feedback from everyone regarding how MPs should be paid and how state money should be used to support parliamentary activities. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Boo with any concerns you may have regarding my expenses.

http:\\parliamentarystandards.org.uk/About%20US/Pages/default.aspx

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.

Yours sincerely

James Duddridge MP

Cursed streets & new boots — weekend cavassing in Milton ward


Princes Street, in Milton ward, Southend-on-Sea, is cursed. I’ve decided. It’s just bad luck for political campaigners. Last week Julian Ware-Lane managed to turn his ankle on the terrifying slopes* of someone’s driveway, which he hobbled around on for the better part of a week before finally venturing to A&E to find, yes, it was broken. This week I stood on a leaf and, err, slipped. Falling flat on arse.

Nothing injured, fortunately. Just my dignity. And who needs that?

Read on…