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More champagne socialism in action from New Labour...Seven MPs have been condemned for going on a £70,000 trip to New Zealand to investigate binge-drinking – with some of them staying on beyond the trip’s official end to enjoy a taxpayer-subsidised holiday.

The members of the Commons Health Committee flew business-class 11,000 miles to Auckland to find out how New Zealand’s health service copes with people who drink too much.

Five Labour MPs, one Liberal Democrat and an Independent spent up to five nights in upmarket hotels.

And at least two of the MPs, including the Labour committee chairman Kevin Barron, stayed on for a holiday at the end of the official programme last Thursday.

But yesterday Peter Bone, one of the three Tory committee members who decided not to go on the visit, hit out at the cost.

Mr Bone told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I just don’t think the cost of this can be justified. At a time of recession, we should be looking more carefully at these overseas visits.’

He also demanded to know why the MPs had travelled out while Parliament was sitting and not this coming week, when MPs are on holiday.

Lee Scott, another Tory committee member, said: ‘I made a pledge when I was elected that I would not do foreign trips unless they were completely pertinent. It may be difficult, but I have stuck to it.’

Overseas trips by Commons select committees are seen as one of the main perks for backbench MPs.

So a holiday in New Zealand, put up in posh hotels, all expenses paid and it costs them not a penny. Nice work if you can get it. 

A vote for Labour is a vote for self serving amoral scum MP's to rob you blind.

4 people have spoken:

Cheeky Boy said...

Going to NZ to ivestigate binge drinking? Nice work if you can get it..I wonder if they keep a straight face when they come out with this shit...They could come on the piss with me if they wanted to..but then again i'd rather go to NZ than Hastings

Aye We Can ! said...

may they choke on their Chablis. the final days of a dead regime.

Sad almost - people that probably started out with good enough intentions reduced to this

Henry North London said...

unlikely that K Barron will be voted out In one of the safest Labour seats in the country I should know I grew up in his constituency

Rother Valley Hes an ex miner...

it's either banned or compulsory said...

I expect that they will go onto Australia and come back with thier scheme of declaring entire towns " Alcohol Free Zones " just because a few Abos overdo the grog a bit.

Fuck off pointy face, you won't find any good ideas here.