22 Oct, 2010 @ 09:15
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Blocked path MP facing fraud charges


A BRITISH MP, who blocked access paths to dozens of her neighbours’ homes in Spain, may now face criminal charges over the alleged abuse of expenses.

Margaret Moran – who has had a home in Andalucia since 1984 – will be prosecuted after wrongly claiming expenses to renovate various second homes in the UK.

The Labour politician, who was forced to resign, ‘flipped’ her second homes over four years, spending thousands of pounds on decorating each one in turn.

She even claimed a staggering £22,500 for dry rot treatment at her property in Southampton, just a fraction less than the maximum allowance available for the whole year.

The Olive Press reported how the Labour politician had also wrongly used official House of Commons notepaper to warn neighbours off public footpaths through her land three years ago.

She even had the audacity to sue the paper and put the 800 euro bill through as official expenses.

She later lost the right to close off the footpaths on her estate, near Orgiva, Granada.

She is now part of an official police investigation with detectives having spent several months looking into her claims.

And Moran is now expected to be charged within weeks making her the fifth Labour politician to face court over the expenses scandal.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. One hopes that if charged she will be ordered by th judge to repay every penny, with interest the money that she wrongly claimed whilst holding an MP’s job, itis after all false accounting at best – or is it just theft of public money?

  2. WONDERFUL!!! And not before time. I note that the contributor ‘Fred’ is sniping on the witch’s behalf AGAIN… Probably a Labour apparatchik. Moran and all the other snout in the trough MPS ought to be given exemplary punishments – like the riff raff rioters who are going through the courts just now. I’m delighted to see this happen.

  3. Calm down, Bongo man. Where did I say I was supporting this woman exactly?

    Ms Moran is currently awaiting trial on 21 separate charges, including forgery of documents. At least in the UK we can see some evidence of justice being done, unlike Spain where cases take an eternity and then fizzle away into a black hole.

    Don’t forget that Cameron and Clegg had to repay money as well. All parties were in on it. I vote for the Green Party btw.

  4. Ah yes – indeed the one we speak of is not the only one, but only a few cases were as gross as hers and the others who were prosecuted. Most of THEM were Labour as it happened. You might as well not vote at all if you vote Green, though I fear that which ever way one looks for a representative, one is likely to find some professional politician more interested in his or her own career than one who will actually represent one’s views. I would ban the party system, making them all stand on their OWN merits as independents and bring in six monthly confirmation votes to keep the beggars in Parliament and on their toes. Then we might get some urgency into their heads and get away from the appalling situation in some inner cities where a dog might be elected if it wore the right colours.

  5. Why don’t you stand as an MP, Bongoman? It would be wrong to tar all MPs with the same brush; there are some decent hardworking constituency MPs. As for six monthly confirmation votes, people can’t be bothered to vote once, let alone every six months! I’m afraid all that bongoing has gone to your head lol.

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