(2014) S.N.P. Leader Alec Salmond -“BULLY” WHO FACES BAN FROM ABERDEEN COUNCIL

       

THE First Minister could prevented from carrying out any formal business in areas such as parks and offices for six-months, if the plan is approved by the council on Wednesday.

 

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond is facing a six-month ban from all council premises in Aberdeen for behaving “like a bully”.

The leader and his team of Scottish Government ministers would be prevented from carrying out any formal business in areas such as parks and offices, under the plan being put to the full city council on Wednesday.

Labour councillor Willie Young, who proposed the unusual move, said relations are at an all-time low with the Government.

It follows complaints from the city about the level of financial support from central government. Mr Salmond recently suggested the city administration is “incompetent” for its handling of a decision which he says could cost Aberdeen £7.3 million.

Mr Young said: “Mr Salmond has acted like a bully and spoken unacceptably about the city council.

“The only way to tackle a bully is to stand up to him.

“We’d obviously want to get the Scottish Government round the table and see if we can come to a better understanding, but I fully expect support for this action.”

The ban, if backed, would only extend to official business.

“If he wants to go for a walk with his wife in one of our lovely parks, no one will stop him,” Mr Young added.

A spokesman for Derek Mackay, the local government minister, said: “Willie Young is the £7.3 million man. His actions in voting against plans which would have seen a £7.3 million increase in funding for Aberdeen were bizarre as well as against the interests of the people of Aberdeen.

“The Scottish Government has good relations with all of Scotland’s other 31 councils – despite those councils being of many different political colours. In that context it is the increasingly bizarre comments from the Labour-Tory alliance at Aberdeen City Council which stand out.”

Read on: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/alex-salmond-faces-ban-aberdeen-3204235

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(2014) S.N.P. M.S.P Bill Walker -WIFE BEATER

DISGRACED former MSP Bill Walker is to be released from jail this week after serving only half of his 12-month sentence.

Last night the news was greeted with dismay by anti-domestic violence campaigners.

The wife-beating former SNP politician was jailed in September for violent assaults on three ex-wives and a stepdaughter over a 30-year period.

The 71-year-old, from Alloa, had denied 23 charges of assault and one breach of the peace but was found guilty of all charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. After serving six months, the former Dunfermline MSP is due for release from Dumfries Prison this week.

Opponents of the law, which sees prisoners serving under four years freed after half their term, said Walker’s release “exposes the nonsense” of the system.

At his trial, Sheriff Kathrine Mackie heard how Walker gave his first wife, Maureen Traquair, a black eye days before their wedding in 1967. His second wife, Anne Gruber, said Walker kicked and punched her and knocked her to the ground. And his third wife, Diana, testified that the politician repeatedly struck her.

Walker plans to appeal against his conviction and has a court hearing scheduled for April 17.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This just exposes the nonsense of automatic early release.”

Graeme Pearson, a former senior police officer and now Scottish Labour’s Justice spokesman, said: “Many people will be disappointed Bill Walker has only served six months of a 12-month sentence.”

Read on:  http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/465264/Wife-beater-MSP-Bill-Walker-gets-early-release-from-prison

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE: M.P.s Demands Free Food

PAMPERED MPs want free meals after complaining of MICE and “stinking” cut-price grub in the Commons.

They want taxpayers to pick up the entire bill for all they scoff.

Many complain of “weird” menus served up in “Soviet-style” restaurants INFESTED with mice — and say the food is not worth paying for. But taxpayers fork out£5.8MILLION a year to subsidise their meals.

One MP wrote: “I saw a mouse in the Members’ Tea Room about which I made comment to a member of staff. The member of staff was pretty matter of fact — to the point that I got the impression that the sight of a rodent was par for the course!”

Scores moaned about the standard of their heavily-subsidised food in a survey of politicians and their staff.

They whinged about the wine waiters and complained that coffee bar staff did not know the difference between a cappuccino and a latte.

The complaints about the cheap meals and wine at Westminster come in a survey of MPs and their staff conducted by private pollsters — costing taxpayers another £27,790.

Details obtained under Freedom of Information laws lay bare the full extent of the dissatisfaction. A typical meal — rib-eye steak with hand-cut chips and Béarnaise sauce — costs two quid — £7.80, less a taxpayers’ subsidy of £5.92.

But one MP whinged: “The restaurants are Soviet-style. Vegetables are horrendously overcooked, meat is often raw.

“Sandwiches taste like they have been frozen for three months. It’s a shocker.”

Another blasted: “The food is really starting to stink.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/article4391212.ece

(2012) S.N.P. M.S.P. Bill Walker -SUSPENDED AMID WIFE BEATING ALLEGATIONS

A SNP MSP who welcomed a cash injection for Women’s Aid has been suspended over claims he hit three former wives and a teenage step-daughter.

The Sunday Herald yesterday presented the SNP with evidence that two of Bill Walker’s former spouses got undefended divorces after alleging he assaulted them.

Another wife has claimed that Walker punched and kicked her in a San Diego hotel room, an attack she said was repeated on a family holiday.

Walker, the Nationalist MSP for Dunfermline who was elected in 2011, last month welcomed the news that Fife Women’s Aid had received a £400,000 lottery grant.

He said: “They do brilliant work, and it’s great to see significant funding supporting their service, enabling them to keep aiding abused women in Dunfermline and Fife.”

However, despite his public support for the charity, Walker is at the centre of domestic abuse allegations spanning nearly four decades, from the late 1960s up to the early 1990s.

This newspaper’s investigation is based on open court documents in the National Archives and interviews with two of the wives, both of whom supplied affidavits.

Jenny Kemp, the co-ordinator at Zero Tolerance, a charity that tackles the causes of men’s violence against women, said: “These allegations are shocking and suggest that Mr Walker is not fit to be an MSP.

Read on: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/revealed-msps-history-of-violence-against-three-ex-wives.16923079

 

MPs’ expenses: how they milked the system

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MPs are required by Parliamentary rules to be “above reproach” when claiming expenses. But many found a way round the system, leading to widespread abuse.

Below we look at what they can legitimately claim and how some managed to maximise their income at the taxpayer’s expense.

What they can legitimately claim:

Under the additional costs allowance (ACA), MPs can claim expenses for the cost of running a second home for the purpose of fulfilling their parliamentary duties. In 2007/8, the last year for which complete figures are available, this stood at a maximum of £23,083.

The money can be spent on rent or mortgage interest payments. MPs who do not have a second home can claim for hotel rooms, for which they must submit a receipt.

Within the maximum ACA, MPs are allowed to claim up to £400 per month for food without the need for receipts and, until last year, up to £250 per claim in other categories without receipts.

This has since been lowered to £25. MPs can claim for utility bills, council tax, telephone bills, decorating, employing a cleaner, and even the purchase of furniture and electrical and household goods for their second homes.

The amount which MPs can claim for individual items is governed by the so-called ‘John Lewis List’. Personal items, such as toiletries and electric razors, cannot be claimed for.

The rules state that all ACA claims must be “above reproach” and there must be “no suggestion of misuse of public money”.

How they exploited the system:

A number of MPs used the allowance to pay for furniture and refurbishments for one property, before ‘flipping’ their second home designation to another property and claiming for improvements on that one.

Having used their taxpayer-funded expenses for renovations and repairs, some MPs then sold their homes at a profit. Some with constituencies in outer London bought second homes just a few miles from their main residence.

Others avoided paying Capital Gains Tax on the profit of the sale of their second home by telling the taxman it was their main residence.

A few MPs continued to claim expenses for mortgage interest on their second home even when the mortgage had been paid off.

Many MPs regularly claimed the maximum allowed for food. Others put in claims for utility bills, cleaning and repairs whilst avoiding the need to submit receipts by ensuring that the sums claimed were just below the £250 limit.

Others went on spending sprees towards the end of the financial year on order to reach their maximum ACA. Some bought furniture for their second homes but had it delivered to their main residence.

Among the frivolous and arguably unnecessary items claimed by MPs were radiator covers, pet food, manure and a duck house.

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MPs’ expenses: MPs who milked the expenses system now complain about attempts to reform it

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MPs whose controversial claims for accommodation costs, food and furniture were exposed during the expenses scandal are claiming the status of victims instead of offenders.

Members of Parliament whose controversial claims for accommodation costs, food and furniture were exposed during the expenses scandal are using an official inquiry to claim they were victims rather than offenders.

Several politicians revealed by The Telegraph to be taking advantage of their parliamentary remuneration have attempted to justify their behaviour to the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

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Welcome to the sick joke that is Parliamentary “democracy”. How much longer can the People have trust in crooked, corrupt and EVIDENTLY CRIMINAL system?

(2009) S.N.P. Leader Alec Salmond -PARASITE

Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, claimed £400 per month for food when the Commons was not even sitting.
Later, after winning power at Holyrood, his appearances at Westminster became scarce but he still claimed more than £1,700 in expenses for food in 2007/08.
The SNP leader also had a hotel bill cut by the Westminster authorities when he charged the taxpayer for drinks from a minibar.
MPs can claim a maximum of £400 per month for food, without having to produce receipts, but questions will be asked why the First Minister spent so much. Commons records show Mr Salmond claimed the maximum allowance for eight months in 2005/6, a total of £3,200.
However, included in Mr Salmond’s claim was £800 for the months of August and September 2005, when the Commons was on its summer recess. Mr Salmond voted on July 12, 2005 but was not required to take part in another division until October 12.
The SNP’s victory in the 2007 Holyrood election curtailed his appearances at Westminster, but the food claims did not stop.
In the 2007/08 financial year, which covers the period between the end of March 2007 and the start of April 2008, he voted on only six days in the Commons.