Er, no, this isn\’t just about you.
The MP for Hammersmith had used free Commons stationery to organise a Labour rally in January, falling foul of rules which forbid the use of prepaid envelopes and free headed notepaper for political campaigning.
“The file is two inches thick. I don’t have any criticism of the commissioner, who must investigate complaints whether they are £15 or £15,000, but clearly Greg Hands’s purpose is just to tie me up in paperwork.”
John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards ruled that the rally at the House of Commons was a partisan event and ordered Mr Slaughter to pay back the full cost of the envelopes and notepaper.
“The sum involved is just £15 but it probably cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds’ worth of man hours to investigate,” he said.
The shadow justice minister yesterday hit back at Greg Hands, the Conservative MP whose complaint triggered the investigation.
It\’s a line drawn in the sand which every other thieving bastard in the House will now be aware of.