(2009) New Labour M.P John Prescott -PARASITE
John Prescott had mock Tudor beams attached to the front of his house and put the bill through on his Parliamentary expenses.
He also had his lavatory seat repaired twice in the space of two years at taxpayers’ expense.
The former deputy prime minister, who has admitted suffering from bulimia, claimed the maximum possible amount for food – £4,800 a year.
After it emerged that he was not paying council tax on one of the four properties he stayed in, Mr Prescott rang the fees office to check if he was breaking any rules but they told him not to worry.
It shows how, while sticking to the regulations, MPs are still able to claim generous amounts for groceries and furnishings.
Mr Prescott, a former ship’s steward, named his grace-and-favour flat at Admiralty House as his main residence. It was there that he conducted an affair with Tracey Temple, his assistant private secretary.
He also paid peppercorn rent for a two-bedroom flat in Clapham that was owned by the RMT rail union, and had free use of Dorneywood, the country estate where he was photographed playing croquet while supposedly in charge of the country.
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