But Tory Greg Hands MP has cost us thousands. The Standard reported yesterday that an inquiry launched after a complaint made by neighbouring Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham Greg Hands had resulted in a ruling by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards that our own representative Andy Slaughter had misused his expenses to send party political material to his constituents.
Apparently Mr Slaughter used House of Commons headed notepaper and stationery to organise a rally at the House of Commons about something and should have used different paper to print his letters on. Naughty. But second mortgage or duck-house it wasn't.
I can't think of a more ridiculous use of our tax pounds than the thousands of them it took to reach this verdict. And all this after a complaint which any objective observer can see from miles off was motivated by the sort of petty political point scoring that has resulted in politicians being regarded as worse than estate agents and journalists by the general public. So any of you wishing to share your feelings about Greg Hands' use of your hard-earned cash for this activity can do so using the following means: