James Forsyth

Who is missing from the Telegraph’s roll of shame?

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The following MPs who are Cabinet ministers aren’t mentioned at all in the Telegraph’s coverage today:

John Hutton

Harriet Harman

Ed Balls

James Purnell

John Denham

Yvette Cooper

Jim Murphy

This means one of two things. Either their claims are so clean as to be not newsworthy or they are so juicy that the Telegraph is holding theirs back for special treatment. Looking down the list there are several people on it—notably Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper and James Purnell—whose expenses have already attracted some controversy.

The one Cabinet Minister whose standing has been in increased by this affair is Ed Miliband. In stark contrast to his brother, Ed Miliband only claimed £6,300 a year in rent for what the Telegraph calls a “modest home in his constituency” and utility bills and council tax. The likelihood of him winning the leadership after the next election has just increased.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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