How, you might ask, do these MPs with their snouts in the trough justify it to themselves? Margaret Moran, the Luton MP who has claimed for her partner’s home in Southampton, gave her rationale to BBC1’s Politics Show earlier.
MARGARET MORAN: My partner works in Southampton. He has done for twenty years. If I’m ever going to see my partner of thirty years, I can’t make him come to Luton all the time. I have to be able to have a proper family life sometimes, which I can’t do unless I have, er, you know, I, I share the costs of the Southampton home with him.
ANDREW SINCLAIR: Why should the taxpayer pay for your home in Southampton, when clearly you’re not using it for work?
MARGARET MORAN: Well you could argue that I use it to be able to sustain my work. Any MP has to have a proper family life, they have to have support of their partner. How can an MP, I mean I defy anybody to try and do a proper job, it, it – much less an incredibly pressured job, in which you work all hours all, all over you know, in the constituency, in Westminster and and incredible pressure all the time. You need the support of your partner and I believe that that’s a right, everybody is entitled to some support and some family life.
As Iain Dale said yesterday, she doesn’t seem to like Luton very much. Neither does her partner, for whom the 90 minute drive to Luton seems beyond the pale. That Ms Moran heads south, rather than north, after Westminster is a matter between her and her constituents whom she purports to represent. But does she think the Commons system is designed to allow the MP to designate any property, anywhere, as their second home just to claim expenses on it? If Ms Moran wished to financially support her partner, what about her £63,000 annual salary? She has plenty more explaining to do.