Smith Admits Reputation ‘Disgraced’ By Expenses

Jacqui Smith’s appearance on Question Time last night was dominated by expenses.  Much as Nick Griffin’s appearance was dominated the previous week before by a singular issue.  Throughout the programme Ms Smith looked grumpy with the guests and ill at ease with the audience. An audience member asked if ministers embroiled in the expenses scandal should go to the House of Lords. ...
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‘Bring Jacqui To Justice!’ Gains Strength

After the lengthy Parliamentary recess and the Legg Audit the Sunlight Centre has launched itself back into the planned Private Prosecution against the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.  A profile of the Sunlight Centre and an interview with Chris Galley were featured in today’s Independent. Below are some extracts and quotes from Mr Galley’s interview.    While her...
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MPs Should Pay Back The Money Or Face Court!

The Sunlight Centre has today called for MPs to comply with the Sir Thomas Legg inquiry into use of the accommodation allowance and pay back money that was wrongfully claimed for the maintenance of second homes. In particular, we have written to Jacqui Smith MP whom, you might remember, we referred to the Paraliamentary Commissioner for Standards and against whom we began the process of a private...
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Quick Update: An MP’s “main home”?

Again via Agent Orange, who seems to be taking as minute an interest in expenses as we at Sunlight do, comments by Nick Harvey MP today appear to suggest that most MPs had a common sense understanding of what their "main home" and "second home" should be – and that this understanding differs significantly from Jacqui Smith’s understanding. Through the FT...
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Sunlight launches Sponsorship Campaign

Chris Galley research director of the Sunlight Centre writes on The Red Rag with an update on the "Bringing Jacqui to Justice" campaign for a private prosecution of Jacqui Smith MP: "We are very happy that the first day of fund raising collected something like 100 donations online and raised £7,000. We wait to see what the post brings tomorrow, most donations are coming in...
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