(2010) New Labour M.P. Harry Cohen -PARASITE

The Labour MP Harry Cohen was today ordered to forfeit his £65,000 resettlement grant for a “particularly serious breach” of parliamentary rules.

The Commons Standards and Privileges Committee ruled that he designated a house in Colchester, Essex, as his main home even though he was not living there for long periods and rented it out.

“Mr Cohen’s breach was particularly serious and it involved a large sum of public money,” the committee said.

“Withholding of the resettlement grant is a severe sanction, which will effectively recover from Mr Cohen a similarly large sum of public money.”

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