A Government minister was today accused of misusing taxpayers’ money – allegedly spending thousands on invitations to Saturday coffee mornings.
Farming Minister Jim Fitzpatrick broke Parliamentary rules, the Conservatives claim, by sending thousands of unsolicited letters using Commons notepaper and envelopes.
Mr Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar and Canning Town, is already embroiled in a row with Muslim constituents after he and his wife Sheila left a wedding last month because male and female guests were segregated.
Today he said the Tories were using smear tactics. “They are stretching to find something improper, some mud to throw at me in the run-up to the election, because they know my expenses claims are squeaky clean.