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The Jubilee River story - Elliot Morley (and others)

- jailed MP's must repay legal aid - Dec 2011

- letter from Harry P - Dec 2011

-expelled from ICE - July 2011

 - Elliot Morley - the first Privy Council expulsion for 90 years - June 2011

-sentenced to 16 months - May 2011

- Institution of Civil Engineers Disciplinary Board Notice - April 2011

- Elliot Morley pleaded guilty to fiddling his expenses - April 2011.


London Evening Standard

Former MPs must repay legal aid

16 Dec 2011

Former MPs David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Eric Illsley have been landed with massive bills to repay legal aid and prosecution costs following their convictions for fiddling their expenses.

A judge at Southwark Crown Court ordered that Chaytor, 62, former MP for Bury North, and Morley, a former environment minister and ex-Scunthorpe MP, should each pay prosecution costs of £23,176, with Illsley, ex-MP for Barnsley Central, ordered to pay £12,178.

Morley, 59, was ordered to pay £33,005 legal aid costs, with Chaytor ordered to pay £23,036 and Illsley, 56, told to pay £10,909.

No orders were made against Jim Devine, 58, former Labour MP for Livingston, after the court was told that he was bankrupt.

"In the case of Devine different considerations apply. He is bankrupt," Mr Justice Saunders said. "It seems unlikely that he will have anything left by the time all his debts are paid off."

Mr Justice Saunders said in his ruling: "At a time when there is concern at the size of legal aid expenditure, there is no reason in principle why the taxpayer should pay for the legal representation of people who can afford to pay for themselves."

Chaytor, of Lumbutts, Todmorden, was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to false accounting totalling £18,350.

Devine, of West Main Street, Bathgate, West Lothian, was jailed for 16 months in May for submitting false invoices totalling £8,385 between 2008 and 2009.

Illsley, of Westmoor Crescent, Pogmoor, Barnsley, received a 12-month sentence in February for £14,500-worth of fraudulent expenses relating to claims made for his second home between 2005 and 2008.

Morley, of West Street, Winterton, Lincolnshire, was jailed for 16 months in May for fiddling his Parliamentary expenses to the tune of £30,000.


Letter from Harry - Friday 16th December 2011

Elliot Morley jailed for fiddling his parliamentary expenses - now faced with financial ruin (Hooray sez Harry - of Retribution!)

He the one who said in a letter to Harry  - "Dredging the river does not improve the flood risk..........."
Mr Justice Saunders said that there is no reason why the Taxpayer should pick up the tab for their legal aid. (Hooray sez Harry)
Morley has to pay £33,005 of his £77,950 legal aid bill (why not the lot sez Harry?)
He does have to pay prosecution costs as well amounting to ££23,176 - it is getting better.
What a loathsome bunch of thieves.
Yrs H



Disgraced MP Morley expelled from the ICE

Disgraced former Labour MP Elliot Morley has been expelled from the ICE.

The ICE said he had failed to “uphold the dignity, standing and reputation” of the Institution after dishonestly claiming more than £30,000 in MPs’ expenses.

Morley was jailed last month after being found guilty of the fraud. He had claimed cash for a mortgage that had already been paid off and more interest on another mortgage than he was actually paying. He was sentenced to 16 month jail term for the offence.

Morley has been an honorary ICE Fellow since 2004 for his “proactive engagement” with the ICE. Morley was honoured for implementing recommendations on flood policy when he served as environment minister between 2003 and 2006.

He also served as chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee before the expenses scandal emerged.

Morley’s ICE Fellowship was suspended in April when it emerged that he faced prosecution for making the fraudulent expenses claims while serving as a member of Parliament. He stepped down as an MP at the 2010 general election, having represented Scunthorpe since 1987.

Announcing the expulsion yesterday, the ICE said in a notice that “the Disciplinary Board found Morley guilty of Improper Conduct in that he had breached By-laws 35 and 36 and Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which require all members to uphold the dignity, standing and reputation of the Institution.

“Under the powers conferred on it by By-law 40, the Disciplinary Board ordered that Morley should be expelled.”


Elliot Morley's Privy Council expulsion is first for 90 years

By Andy McSmith

Thursday, 9 June 2011

The disgraced former Labour MP Elliot Morley has become the first politician to be expelled from the Privy Council in 90 years. His expulsion was agreed yesterday by the Queen at the suggestion of Nick Clegg, who chairs the Privy Council, an elite group who advise the sovereign. Its members use the title Right Honourable.

Mr Morley was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to fiddling £32,000 worth of MPs' expenses. A statement from Downing Street last night said: "In the Government's view, Mr Morley's conviction is incompatible with continued membership of the Privy Council. His membership has therefore been revoked."

The last person to leave the Privy Council in disgrace was the former Tory Cabinet minister, Jonathan Aitken, who was imprisoned for perjury, but he resigned to avoid expulsion. Other disgraced former ministers such as John Stonehouse and John Profumo also resigned. The last person expelled was Sir Edward Speyer, struck off in 1921 for siding with the Germans in the world war.


Institution of Civil Engineers - Disciplinary board notice - Mr Elliot Morley


11 APRIL 2011

Following Elliot Morley’s ‘guilty’ plea to the two charges of false accounting the Chairman of the ICE Disciplinary Board has decided that Mr Morley, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution, should be immediately suspended from membership of the Institution.

This action is taken under By-law 40(1), which provides for a member to be suspended where he or she has been found guilty or entered a guilty plea to a serious criminal offence, and Disciplinary Regulation 8, which provides for immediate suspension where it is in the public interest and the interests of the Institution.

The matter will now be subject to formal consideration by the Professional Conduct Panel.  Serious cases of apparent improper conduct are then referred by the Panel to the Disciplinary Board and if the member is found guilty by the Board, the facts of the case and the penalty imposed will be published.

London Evening Standard


Elliot Morley has become the first former minister to be jailed for cheating his expenses
Elliot Morley has become the first former minister to be jailed for cheating his expenses

Morley jailed for fiddling expenses

20 May 2011

Expenses cheat Elliot Morley has been branded blatantly dishonest as he was jailed for claiming thousands of pounds in bogus mortgage payments.

Morley, 58, is the first former minister to be jailed for fiddling his expenses.

The former Labour environment minister pleaded guilty last month to claiming more than £30,000 in the scam.

The sum is the largest claimed by any of the politicians so far convicted over the expenses scandal.

Sentencing Morley to 16 months imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Justice Saunders said he was guilty of "blatant dishonesty" and had "thrown away his good name and character".

Morley previously entered two guilty pleas for false accounting relating to his home in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, between 2004 and 2007.

He pocketed just over £30,000 by claiming for a phantom mortgage and inflating the amount he was previously paying. In total, he claimed £16,800 on a bogus mortgage and £15,200 after inflating the amount he was previously paying - for which he should have been entitled to only £1,572.

Mr Justice Saunders said: "I am satisfied from the nature of the mortgage transactions and the correspondence that the excessive claims were made deliberately and are not explicable even in part by oversight."

Jim Devine, the first MP to stand trial in the wake of the expenses scandal, was branded a liar by a judge as he was jailed for 16 months for offences totalling £8,385.

Two other former Labour members, David Chaytor and Eric Illsley, have already been jailed after pleading guilty to falsely claiming £22,000 and £14,500 respectively. Former Tory peer Lord Taylor of Warwick awaits sentencing after being convicted by a jury in January of falsely claiming more than £11,000 for travel and overnight subsistence. The trial of Lord Hanningfield, who denies falsely claiming parliamentary expenses, is ongoing.


Today (7/4/2011) Elliot Morley pleaded guilty to fiddling his expenses.  Below is a copy of my letter to the Daily Telegraph:


After months of habitual filibustering and obfuscation, pleading innocence and playing the system, former Environment Minister Elliot Morley has pleaded guilty to fiddling his parliamentary expenses to the tune of £32,000.

Is this the same Elliot Morley who denied in the House of Commons that the Environment Agency’s brand new £110m Jubilee River caused flooding downstream of Windsor in January 2003, refused a public inquiry into the cause, and called on individuals and communities to stop playing the blame game?

This was of course prior to £5m in repair costs and a £2.75m out-of-court settlement for sub-standard design and construction.

Eight years on the Jubilee River is still sub-standard and I am still waiting for the truth and justice.


Related pages:

March 2003 - Elliot Morley and Ministerial denial

The Myrke embankment problems - £1.3m repair

£2.75m out-of-court settlement

Elliot Morley to face criminal charges (March 2010 onwards)

Elliot (the blame game) Morley and Jubilee River justice?