Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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James Purnell: Expenses Diddler To Be New PM?

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Purnell with Close Friends.

The unemployed may be interested to hear that there is a rumour (here) going round. That James Purnell, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the man who brought us the Flexible New Deal,  could stand as a joint Leader of the Labour Party with John Cruddas. 

James Purnell, keen to keep the workless on the minimum of around £64 a week, has also been doing very nicely from the MPs expenses racket.

We learn that he received over the last years £143, 955 (on top of his annual salary of £142,000). Including £9,054 for groceries! The Daily Telegraph reports that the former Banking Genius managed to wheedle a substantial sum to pay for a flat that his girlfriend also forked out for. James now stands accused of being a fraudster.

We are sure the unemployed, especially those on the New Deal, sympathise with his plight.


Written by Andrew Coates

May 13, 2009 at 9:24 am

Posted in Government, Unemployment

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  1. Too bad the intentions has been leaked!

    For the benefit of all parties including those who are under 25: some people receive less than £64 a week.

    I think the bottom end of the scale is around £47 or so a week so depending on age determines this level even though all participants of all ages are to do the same activities.

    I thought I would point this out as the £17 difference is fairly significant. (For example there is no discount or variation on housing, bills and food on your age.)

    I think we need to get back to basics and look broader than the two main political parties. They are both as bad as each other and no one should vote for either Labour or Conservatives.

    The MP expenses scandal involves MPs’ from all parties and has been going on for decades. Some MP’s are going to pay back expenses for this year.

    Even though no legislation exists specifically on abusing the expense system it still is illegal under statutory legislation regarding fraud and thus is a criminal offence where they should ALL be prosecuted.

    It is in the CPS remit as 1) they committed a crime and 2) it IS in the public interest to bring a prosecution.

    It wont happen, wave by to several tens of millions that will be spent in investigating this fraud where NO prosecutions will take place.

    Unemployed people are lucky they WONT be forking the bill for it…


    May 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm

  2. ‘No if’s no buts, tax theft is a crime..’ along with a nice pic of mister Purnell having his collar felt by Her Maj’s Finest….



    May 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

  3. he has stepped down from his SoS WP position


    June 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm

  4. I like John Cruddas, but Purnell is a scumbag. He sysmbolises everything that is wrong with the current labour party.

    Funny A4e photos

    July 31, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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