Several months back the Conservative Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley hit the headlines when he appeared to suggest the recession will be good for people.
‘On many counts’, he said ‘recessions can be good for us. People tend to smoke less, drink less alcohol, eat less rich food and spend more time at home with their families.’
While Lansley appears to be convinced that austere living is good for us peons, today’s revelations suggest that he takes a somewhat different to his own lifestyle. The Telegraph reports on some pretty wanton exploitation of the parliamentary expenses system:
“The shadow health secretary had his thatched Tudor cottage painted inside and out, using Farrow & Ball paint in some rooms, at a cost of more than £2,000, and also spent more than £500 having the driveway “re-shingled” and grass reseeded before selling it for £433,000.
Months before the Cambridgeshire South MP sealed the property deal, he “flipped” his expenses claim to his Georgian flat in London, where he spent thousands more, including £750 for a Laura Ashley sofa….
Mr Lansley’s spending spree began in the 2004-05 financial year, when he claimed £2,487 on furnishings, maintenance and decoration, including £399.80 for handmade curtains and £450.20 to have a chair and stool reupholstered, the latter in Titley & Marr “Hezlett” fabric, which currently costs £45 per square metre. ”
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