It’s been reported a Tory MP who told England champion Marcus Rashford to stick to football and quit playing politics when he campaigned for free school meals during the pandemic has a second job paying her £36,000.
Dover MP Natalie Elphicke apologised in July after criticising the Manchester United striker for trying to help deprived school children and mocked his missed Euro 2020 penalty.
She told a Tory WhatsApp group the 24-year-old, who picked up an MBE from Prince William this week, that he should have spent more time perfecting his game and less time playing politics.
However at the time she was herself spending time on a second job – the chairwoman of the New Homes Quality Board (NHQB), and she gets paid about £3,000 for eight hours work a month.
And it was revealed that 14 MPs, largely Conservatives, have been using a loophole in parliamentary expenses, to get the taxpayer to pay the rent on London flats while they let out properties they own for more than £10,000 per year.
The scheme is the latest discovery in the standards dispute that has overwhelmed Parliament in the past week.
It was brought in under reform of the system following the 2009 expenses scandal that endeavoured to make sure that MPs who owned property in the metropolis didn’t make a profit from the sale of homes whose mortgage had been partly paid off by the taxpayer.
Instead, they were permitted to rent a property separately to put them on a level with MPs who didn’t own a London base.
Watchdog the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) told a newspaper outlet that while there was a perception of personal gain, it couldn’t make MPs live in their own homes.
Those the paper said were using the scheme included former ministers John Whittingdale, Liam Fox, and Robert Goodwill, plus backbench Tory Philip Davies.
John Whittingdale was last week recommended as the chairman of a new alternative anti-sleaze committee before the scheme was abandoned in a dispute over former MP Own Patterson’s lobbying.
It came as former attorney general Geoffrey Cox faced fresh questions after it surfaced that he took out a £3,900 loan from the taxpayer to cover the deposit on renting a London flat, at the same time as renting out his own property in the capital.
In 2017 the Torridge & West Devon MP moved out of his own property in London and began claiming about £1,900 a month on expenses for another flat in the metropolis.
It appears that Natalie Elphicke didn’t want to fund free meals, she just wanted one, and perhaps she needs to stick to being an MP, although I suspect she’s pretty dreadful at that as well. What Marcus Rashford did for these children was for the greater good, but what’s she’s doing is essentially pilfering as much as she can.
Become an MP in 2019, get a second job in 2020 because you’re an MP and not because of your abilities, and because of her influence, she then gets another job. Did she apply for the job or was she offered the job, or was the job created specially for her?
MPs don’t play politics unless those politics are beneficial to their power struggle or bank accounts. Now it would be delightful to see an MP play politics with a good heart and no personal gain involved.
But it seems that most politicians are greedy and uncaring, taking advantage of their parliamentary seat, and then taking on a consulting job when they say they have so much work on as a parliamentarian.