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Sir Peter Soulsby paid off bailiff’s bill of £472.59 with your cash.

Another one taking the piss.....Debt collectors were sent to the offices of Sir Peter Soulsby, where his wife Alison works for part of the week as his secretary, after he fell behind with his rent in October 2007.

The fees office agreed that the Labour MP for Leicester South should not be liable for the £472.59 bailiff’s bill and reimbursed him.

Sir Peter also blamed the fees office. He said: “It was entirely the fees office’s fault that the bill for office rent had not been paid. They had failed to process the original bill – sent almost a month earlier for direct payment by them – or the resubmitted bill sent to them for payment nine days before the bailiffs arrived.”

Sir Peter, a former member of the Audit Commission, also fell behind on the business rates for his constituency office and was sent a final reminder by Leicester City Council – of which he used to be leader – before it was paid. Mrs Soulsby is paid £25,000 a year by the taxpayer to work as his secretary. 

While in London on parliamentary business, Sir Peter and his wife live in a luxury apartment situated in the former headquarters of MI6.

Sir Peter is reimbursed more than £2,000 a month in mortgage interest payments on the flat in the Perspective building. He initially rented a flat in Kennington, south London, for £1473.33 a month. After his election, Sir Peter began furnishing the property, spending more than £1,150 over a two-week period.

In September 2006 Sir Peter bought the apartment in the Perspective building for £380,000 and designated this as his second home.

He was reimbursed £12,826 for moving costs including stamp duty, as well as his monthly mortgage interest payments of £2,057.33 – well above the limit of £1,205 now being proposed – and a quarterly service charge of £831.58 on the apartment.

Sir Peter said that his claims were “reasonable”, where as I and most taxpayers think he is a grasping cunt.

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