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The Jubilee River story - Elliot Morley
- jailed MP's must repay legal aid - Dec 2011
letter from Harry P - Dec 2011
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
Morley pleaded guilty to fiddling his expenses - April 2011.
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
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.
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.
Disgraced MP Morley 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’
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
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
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
“Under the powers conferred on it by
By-law 40, the Disciplinary Board
ordered that Morley should be expelled.”
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
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.
Civil Engineers - Disciplinary board notice - Mr
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
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
Elliot Morley has become the first former minister to be jailed for
cheating his expenses
Morley jailed for fiddling expenses
20 May 2011
Elliot Morley pleaded guilty to fiddling his
expenses. Below is a copy of my letter to the Daily Telegraph:
of habitual filibustering and obfuscation, pleading innocence and playing the
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
March 2003 -
Elliot Morley and Ministerial denial
The Myrke embankment problems -
£2.75m out-of-court settlement
Elliot Morley to face criminal charges (March 2010 onwards)
Elliot (the blame game) Morley and Jubilee River justice?