Thursday, January 13, 2011
Nick Griffin to stand in Barnsley Central
Without a doubt Mr.Griffin will 'parachute' himself in and stand in this forthcoming by-election. That is what he does.
Disgraced Eric Illsley said today that he was quitting as an MP after being convicted of dishonestly claiming more than £14,000 in expenses.
The Member for Barnsley Central said he 'deeply, deeply' regretted his actions and would be resigning before his sentencing next month.
In a statement issued by his office, Illsley said: 'I would like to apologise to my constituents, family and friends, following my court appearance, for the distress and embarrassment caused by my actions that I deeply, deeply regret.
'I have begun to wind down my parliamentary office, following which I will resign from Parliament before my next court appearance.
The announcement came 24 hours after David Cameron and Ed Miliband called for him to resign his seat and trigger a by-election.
Commons Leader Sir George Young was expected to ask for an emergency vote on forcing the Barnsley Central MP out of the Commons if he failed to fall on his sword.
Government sources said the move would have happened ‘swiftly’ – even before Illsley is sentenced next month.
The procedure was last used in 1954 when Conservative MP for South Norfolk Peter Baker was jailed for forgery.
Illsley was due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court in London.
But the 55-year-old changed his pleas on three charges of false accounting relating to three years of expenses for his second home in London.
Illsley had previously denied dishonestly claiming a total of more than £25,000. But yesterday his barrister, William Coker QC, said his client admitted wrongly claiming a revised sum of about £14,500.
The claims were made for council tax, telephone usage, service charges and maintenance, and insurance and repairs at his second home in Kennington, South London, between 2005 and 2008.
In a five-minute hearing, the MP sat in the dock rubbing his face. He spoke only to confirm his pleas, saying ‘guilty’ to the three charges.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1346463/MP-Eric-Illsley-quits-Commons-pleading-guilty-14k-expenses-fraud.html#ixzz1AsVjUbdO
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