The expenses saga uncovered by the Daily Telegraph in 2009 caused a stir and a sensation as many of our elected officials were claiming for their second homes, combs, moats’ and Kit Kats. Many politicians were lambasted for exploiting the system for their own gain even though one MP defended his outrageous expenses to prune his garden citing jealousy as an example.
Nevertheless today three Life Peers have been suspended for the Lords for their expenses after wrongly claiming tens of thousands of pounds. Baroness Uddin has been suspended until Easter 2012 and told to repay £125,349, while Lord Paul and Lord Bhatia have been suspended for four and eight months respectively.
Some might say it is a witch hunt, but it doesn’t help the Asian community when some of the most high profile Peers get embroiled in a controversy with their prints all over scene of the crime.