Last night Lib Dem MP Norman Baker fumed: “This is all further evidence that the second homes allowance has to be tightened up so the public can have confidence MPs only claim what they need.”
Julian Lewis responds...
To add insult to injury, Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker is quoted apparently condemning me by implication on the say-so of that pillar of respectability and reliability, the News of the World. However, it appears that Norman’s claims on his second home are almost identical to mine so far as the second-home allowance is concerned; and he also apparently claims significant extra sums on this home – in respect of its role as his constituency office – from a separate Parliamentary allowance. No doubt this is all within the rules too; but I used to respect Norman rather more, 24 hours ago, than I do now after reading his quoted remarks in relation to me.
I don't blame him. But Lewis's ire is really reserved for NOTW Deputy Political Editor Jamie Lyons. Lyons has had some good scoops lately, but I think even he must be aware this is not one of them. I'm glad Julian Lewis has come out fighting and held the NOTW to account. Isn't it great that through a blog like ConHome he now has the opportunity to do so? That would not have been the case a few years ago.
PS I wasn't going to mention this, but the above story gives me the excuse. Jamie Lyons has another story, on page 28 of today's paper under the headline WHAT A EU TURN. It's about the former CCO being bought by the European Parliament and renamed Europa House. If, when you read Lyons' story you had s light feeling of deja vu, you'd be right. I wrote the story two weeks ago, on February 16th HERE.