Thursday, 14 May 2009

Name And Shame The Thieving Ministers: Shahid Malik

shahid malik mp expenses fiddle swindleOh look, another one !! Another MP entrusted with the running of the country who is stealing from those who voted him into power. Already we have Greg Barker helping himself to the taxpayers cash, then James Clappison was caught red handed dipping into the expenses pool, and now this little toe rag.

Justice Minister Shahid Malik claimed the maximum second homes allowance for three years while paying a peppercorn rent to a rogue landlord for his main home.

Leaked documents show that the Muslim MP has collected a total of £66,827 for his London town house since 2005-06.

This includes a claim for a £730 massage chair because of a back problem.

At the same time, he rents a three-bedroom house in his constituency of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, for just £100 a week, from a local businessman who was once fined for letting an 'uninhabitable' house.

Mr Malik rents a constituency office from the same landlord, Tahir Zaman, claimed against separate Parliamentary allowances.

His second-home claims include £2,600 for a home cinema system - which was halved by officials - and £65 for a court summons for not paying council tax, which he has agreed to repay.

Mr Malik is said to have bought a home in Peckham, South-East London, in 2001, for £85,000, four years before he became an MP.

After being elected to Parliament-in 2005, he nominated the property as his second home and began claiming the maximum amount available in expenses to kit it out.

The spending continued in 2007-08, with 24 claims for furniture, decorating and electrical goods, including a £671 fireplace, a leather sofa and a £510 fitted wardrobe.

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