Barbara Follet, Labour MP for Stevenage with multi-millionaire husband novelist Ken.
Yep...She was one of Blair's babes, alright. Stinking rich and still wanting more, even at our expense. I campaigned for her when I was in 'Young Labour' as a 17 year old, still wet behind the ears and ignorant of just how corrupt party politics was probably then and just how corrupt it would become. She's paid the £42,000 back now apparently.
"Ken, darling, I'm in a spot of bother. Could you lend me £42,000?"
"Of course, darling, I've just had a cheque for another million for some naff thriller."
I don't mean to be nasty, but there are plenty of New Labour cronies and babes who are minted. They make the average mother doing a cleaning job on the side of her benefits look 'whiter than white'. Isn't that what Tony promised New Labour would be? After all, the average mother doing a cleaning job on the side of her benefits is probably only trying to put food on the table for her kids. The Independent reports...
'Mrs Follett, wife of best-selling author Ken, was found to have made invalid claims for security, telephone lines and insurance for artworks.Uh-huh. I bet you do, lady! Now that you got found out! My big regret is that I spent a bit of my youth on the phone campaigning for you when I was young and idealistic and thought the Tories were the bad guys. Flippin' champagne socialists! Meanwhile, the same champagne socialists make laws to persecute the poor and tell the poor that the Benefits Agency are watching them 24 hours a day lest they give way and take a bit of work to top up on living on the absolute minimum. Shameless and rotten scoundrels, the lot of them!
She said: "I have repaid the total amount in full and am pleased that this matter has now been resolved. I claimed these amounts in good faith in accordance with the rules at the time. But as an independent review has now shown these to be vague and deeply flawed, I feel it is only right to repay them. This has been a sad and sorry episode in Britain's political life which I deeply regret."'