(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

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

 

Fraud charges in MPs’ expenses row move step closer as police send four files to prosecutors

Up to four MPs and peers are to face fraud charges over the expenses scandal by early in the New Year, it emerged today.

In a move which shook through the political establishment, detectives have referred case files on four parliamentarians to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Police believe there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges in each of the cases, sources said.

 

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, is expected to rubber stamp charges against the politicians by February.

Such a development would result in the highly embarrassing spectacle of MPs and peers appearing in court before next May’s expected General Election.

The politicians could face charges of fraud or false accounting, with maximum penalties of ten or seven years. There was no official word today on which cases had been sent to the CPS.

However it is known that police believe there is strong evidence against Labour MPs Elliot Morley and David Chaytor, and Labour peer Baroness Uddin, and that such cases were likely to be in the first batch of files to be considered by prosecution lawyers.

Other politicians believed to be under police investigation include Labour MP Jim Devine, Lord Hanningfield and Lord Clarke of Hampstead.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘The Metropolitan Police Service has today delivered four main files of evidence relating to parliamentary expenses to the Crown Prosecution Service.

‘The files relate to four people, from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and will now be subject to CPS consideration on whether there should be any charges.

‘A small number of cases remain under investigation.’

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No one knows what happens if retiring MPs refuse to make their repayments

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The MPs who are most likely to defy Legg are those who are standing down. They have little to lose in saying that they won’t abide by the retrospectively imposed caps on various things. The question of whether they could be compelled to pay this money back looks like it could turn into a major row. In an interview with Andrew Neil to be broadcast tomorrow Harriet Harman seems to have no concrete idea of how this process might actually work:

Andrew Neil: What would happen to an MP of any party, what would happen to an MP who decides that he or she is standing down at the next election and refuses to pay up?

HH: Well, I think that we haven’t got to that situation. I think that…

AN: What would happen?

HH: Well, we, we, we, you know, I think that that’s an entirely hypothetical situation but I mean…

AN: It could happen – many people are not standing again, many people have had requests from Legg to pay back. What happens if they don’t pay back the money?

HH: Well, I think they will pay back, they will pay back.

AN: Even if they’re standing down?

HH: Well, the House of Common’s authorities, the Members’ Estimates Committee, will have the responsibility at that point to ensure that money which the Members’ Estimates Committee feels needs to be recouped on the back of the Legg investigation is recouped. I mean, that’s what the situation will be.

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