Saturday, 21 February 2009

Gordon Brown may be about to face censure, not that you would know from the BBC

Once again the BBC/NuLab alliance is keeping news from the UK public. The Mail reports that (my emphasis):
"Gordon Brown could be officially censured by MPs for apparently breaching Commons rules over his expenses on a technicality.

The Standards Commissioner, John Lyon, has spent more than a year investigating a complaint that the Prime Minister failed properly to declare £1,600 in rent from subletting his constituency office to Labour Party colleagues.

Mr Lyon's report has been sent to the Commons' powerful Standards and Privileges Committee, which could discuss the findings - and possible punishments - as early as this Tuesday, the Mail can reveal.

A source close to the committee said: 'This is embarrassing for the Prime Minister. The commissioner would not have referred the matter to the committee if he had not found some breach of the rules.

'The implication is clearly that they have been broken, however significantly. I would expect Gordon to get a stern ticking-off at the least.'

At the time the complaint was lodged, sources close to Mr Brown denied he had done anything wrong, saying he did not declare the rental income because he had subtracted it from his Commons claim and did not profit from it.

They also said the Commons Fees Office told him there was no need to declare the payment, which suggested Mr Brown had only inadvertently breached the rules.

He subsequently altered the agreement in December 2007 after the issue was raised again by the Fees Office.


It is thought Mr Brown would be the first MP to have breached a ban on subletting their constituency offices since it was introduced seven years ago.

Now why would the BBC not report this story? Do you think it would rank as news if it had been about David Cameron or indeed any Conservative MP? The BBC's pro-Labour bias has gone beyond the need for pointing out and now requires action.

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