- Alan Duncan spending £7k on his garden
- Michael Gove & Andrew Lansley accused of "flipping" properties (see updates below)
- Oliver Letwin claiming money to repair a tennis court
- David Willetts claiming £100 to employ a man to screw in 25 lightbulbs
- Francis Maude for, well, I can't quite work it out to be honest
- Cheryl Gillan claiming for dog food
I'm not quite sure any of this is quite on the level people were expecting, but that shouldn't diminish its seriousness. While we should wait for the full detail of some of these claims it is clear that several of them have cases to answer. And answer they should. What we don't want to hear is a parroting of the Labour Ministers' line that "it was all within the rules". We want to hear a proper acknowledgement that things went too far.
David Cameron has just said as much on the Ten O'Clock News. He said sorry. He shouldn't have been put in this position, but his reaction over the next few days will do much to shape the public's view of him vis a vis Gordon Brown. All those accused of claiming taxpayers' money when they shouldn't have done need to acknowledge it, apologise, pay any money back where appropriate, and then perhaps everyone can move on.
It's a shame David Willetts has proved that a Tory can't screw in a lightbulb, but he'll be relieved it was nothing worse!
UPDATE: Fraser Nelson has the full story on Michael Gove. He is totally in the clear and if the Telegraph are suggesting otherwise then they had better have very good lawyers.
UPDATE: Sky News is reporting that Andrew Lansley says he changed his housing arrangements when his daughter started school.