BNP Sleazebuster Mick Barnbrook Takes Yet Another Scalp as Labour MP Eric Illsley Charged Over Expenses
The British National Party’s sleazebuster Mick Barnbrook, who laid the first criminal charges which opened up the parliamentary elections expenses scandal, has taken another scalp with the news that Labour MP Eric Illsley has been formally charged over his expenses abuses.
The charges against Mr Illsley were also first laid by Mr Barnbrook, who has been the terror of the parliamentary swindlers for more than two years.
Mr Barnbrook first laid the complaint over Mr Illsley in June 2009 in a formal submission to Sir Paul Stephenson, Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, New Scotland Yard.
In his letter, Mr Barnbrook wrote that as many as fifty MPs are believed to have over claimed on council tax for their second homes.
“Mr Illsley, who is believed to be the worst offender, claimed more than £10,000 for council tax in four years although he was only charged £3,966 for his Band C property in Lambeth in South London for this period,” Mr Barnbrook wrote.
“According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Illsley said ‘I admit I have made an over claim. I should have made my claim for council tax more reflective of the amount involved.’
“If the statement by Mr Illsley is correct, I consider that there is sufficient evidence for an investigation to be instigated into possible criminal offences by him, under Section 2 of the Fraud Act, 2006 and Section 17 of the Theft Act, 1986,” Mr Barnbrook wrote.
“As a taxpayer and Senior Citizen living on a low income, I also am really, really upset by the behaviour of individuals who should know better.
“Members have a duty to uphold the law and act on all occasions in accordance with the public trust placed in them.
“Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their families or their friends,” he wrote.
Sir Paul’s office replied to Mr Barnbrook on 30 June 2009, confirming that the details had been passed to Detective Chief Inspector Michael Murphy, Economic and Specialist Crime Directorate.
“I am really happy that I have been able to bring yet another of these crooks to face justice,” Mr Barnbrook told BNP news.
“Mr Illsley has been charged with three counts under section 17 for false accounting. The first charge is that he dishonestly claimed expenses for council tax, service and maintenance charges, repairs and insurance charges, and utilities and communications charges for his second home in Renfrew Road, London, between May 2005 and April 2006
“The second charge makes the same allegations for the period till April 2007, and the third charge relates to the period until April 2008.
“Astonishingly, this means that Mr Illsley claimed £20,000 to which he was not allowed. This money, which is more than what many people earn in a year, came directly from the taxpayer,” he said.