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Phil Woolas - Troughligate minister for nappies, comics and women's clothing.

Another champagne socialist in action....Phil Woolas also claimed for a £3.49 bottle of red wine from Tesco in breach of the rules and even put through a receipt that suggests he received a 10 per cent staff discount at the supermarket.

One bill, for £110.20 spent in the Horsham branch of Tesco, shows he spent £1.48 on panty liners, £1.19 on tampons, £2.99 on nappies and £15 on a lady's blouse.

He was reimbursed for the claims, even though the rules for MPs state that personal items such as toiletries are not allowed, nor are items bought for anyone else, including family members. The receipt also shows that whoever paid the bill received a 10 per cent staff discount.
The gaffe-prone minister also claimed the maximum £400 a month for food on his second home expenses in most years.

In 2004-5, Mr Woolas, the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, submitted a series of till receipts when claiming Additional Costs Allowance, even though MPs are able to get £400 a month for food without providing any proof that they bought it.

On one receipt he deleted claims for hair dye and baby wipes but did not remove £5.51 spent on Huggies nappies, and £3.49 and £3.99 on bottles of red wine even though alcohol is not allowed under the rules.

Another shopping trip, claimed for in full, included claims for £5.96 on disposable bibs, £23 on women's shoes, a £1.99 child's comic, £1.60 and £1.55 comics, £2.88 on baby wipes and a £5 ladies' jumper.

He then stopped submitting receipts for groceries but instead claimed the maximum available allowance, £4,800, on food from 2005 to 2008.
Phil was not available for comment as was last seen rooting about for truffles....
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GrumpyOldTwat said...

Tampons?
Ouch!
Thats got to hurt.

Fidothedog said...

Each to their own I say, just not on public finances.