Monday 30 November 2009

Lord Pearson claimed £100k expenses in 8 years ... what a shocker

Shock horror!  Lord Pearson has claimed £100k in second home expenses that were not fraudulent and significantly less than most of the inhabitants of Westminster.

Lord Pearson's main home is his estate in Scotland, his second home is in London.  He says he spends almost exactly half the year there.

The £100k is the total claimed since 2001 - £12.5k per year.  This is significantly less than other peers and MPs, especially those based in Scotland.

It turns out that these allowances were paid between April 2001 and June 2007, at a standard rate of £174 a night "for the purpose of attending sittings of the House". That works out at about £16,000 a year. Add the rest of the period and, in just over eight years, he has claimed £115,683 plus £56,685 subsistence – working out at about £20,000 a year.

A typical MP over the same period, will have cost us about £1.8 million in salaries and expenses.

Pearson, unlike many, is a working peer, and puts many hours in the House, for which he is paid no salary. Nor does he get a secretarial allowance, funding his secretary from his own pocket

It must be a slow news day at the Torygraph if they're already scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for some sleaze on Lord Pearson.


Anonymous said...

I think its a sad. A multi-millionaire has claimed £12k a year to run a London house on which he has no mortgage. So what expenses did he need the money for?

It's my taxes that pay for this largesse and it stinks. They're all the same.

Anonymous said...

For the Torygraph to do this so called 'expose' it means Pearson's making an impact already. Remember just before the Euro elections we were told Farage claimed expenses - they could see the handwriting on the wall then regarding the impact UKIP was making with the public and the EU question. The attacks would come thick & fast from the LibLabCon media. UKIP would be called racist, Islamophobe, led by a toff, all sorts of rubbish names. The public would see through this. The worst treatment from the media is being ignored. They can't ignore UKIP. Loads of people will be voting UKIP next year, the LibLabCon-merchants know this and the next election campaign has just begun.

Bryan said...

You can sense they are scared when they put something out like this.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, Wonko. His expenses claim is a non-story - the sum is hardly remarkable.

The media and mainstream parties are scraping the barrel with this one.

Anonymous said...

Just remember this.

That the big boys in politics, the big bankers and big media boys are all in bed with each other and will do what ever it takes to ruin or destory anyone, like Pearson or groups such as UKIP.

That they see that can ruin THEM! instead.

UKIP-BW said...

This just in via UKIP Bournemouth West:

UKIP will officially launch its National Campaign for a Referendum on EU membership in London tomorrow.
The launch coincides with the date the Lisbon Treaty takes full effect.
A campaign petition demands that the next Government gives the people of the UK a chance to vote on our membership of the EU. People can sign the petition online or by filling in one of the millions of leaflets distributed by UKIP supporters and others.
New UKIP Leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch will join Nigel Farage, MEPs and MPs at the launch which has already won strong cross-party support.
The event will be held on College Green, tomorrow Tuesday. December 1 at 10.25am

Steve Halden said...

The only thing I fear is no publicity at all.

As long as people are talking about UKIP, then I am happy.

Lord Pearson has certainly got people talking about UKIP.