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Councillor’s guinea pig jibe at Lichfield MP after expenses report

Cllr Steve Norman

Cllr Steve Norman

A Burntwood councillor has claimed Lichfield’s MP may have to resort to “eating guinea pigs” if new expenses rules are introduced.

The comments came from Councillor Steve Norman (Lab, Summerfield) in the wake of Sir Christopher Kelly’s report on MPs’ expenses.

Recommendation 10 of the report says:

“Only MPs who stay in a hotel should in future be entitled to claim for the costs of food, currently up to a maximum of £25 per night and within the overall ceiling for accommodation expenses.  Reimbursement should be on the basis of receipted expenditure only.”

But Cllr Norman says Conservative MP Michael Fabricant – who once admitted eating guinea pigs on a South American trip – has claimed £340 a month for food for each of the last three years of the publicised expenses list.

Cllr Norman added:

“That’s more than twice the average of £154!  It looks like Mr Fabricant will have to resort to a different diet from the one he’s been used to at taxpayers’ expense if this recommendation goes through.

“Whilst he claimed £3,740 for food during 2007/08, Burton’s Labour MP Janet Dean claimed an average of only £50 a month whilst Stafford’s Labour representative David Kidney managed only £215 for the whole year!”

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

However, Mr Fabricant claimed he wouldn’t be resorting to devouring household pets just yet.

He added:

“Having tried guinea pig once in Peru, I shan’t be repeating my experience.  I do not plan to do my weekly shopping at Pets At Home!”

Mr Fabricant’s total expenses for 2007/08 saw him ranked 569th out of all MPs.  David Kidney was 257th and Janet Dean 517th.

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  1. Unconcerned Citizen

    19th November, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Haha – Cllr Norman doesn’t look like he is in the best position to be commenting upon other peoples dietary habits.

    However – I vote Mickey gets sent into the Jungle for a slice of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’
    He’d win all the jungle tucker prizes and would do us proud.

  2. Adam

    19th November, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Councillor Norman looks like he eats EXTREMELY well himself; or is it “glandular”?

  3. Steven Norman

    25th November, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    But the difference is that I don’t expect taxpayers to pay for eating habits!

  4. Unconcerned Citizen

    25th November, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    If i catch Mr Fabricant in pets at home, i’ll keep a close eye on him and our tasty lichfieldian guinea pigs.

    Personally – i don’t have a problem with MPs having a comfortable time when they are away from home.

    People will work better if they are happy – and being an MP must carry the burden of a large amount of stress (even though Mr Fab may seem consistently jovial in the house – the Labour Oposistion is a constant source of farcical comedy).

    However i must add i don’t like the conservatives either.

    But lets remember where this expenses scandal started –

    The (Labour) ex home secretary who is responsible for national security, citizenship, law and order and policing hired an incompetant baffoon as an assistant (her husband) who decided that it was fair game for pornography to be paid for by us decent, hard working tax payers.
    It turns out some other MPs were carrying out acts that may well lead to prosecutions of fraud – Its not fair all the MPS are getting so much grief as a result of a few MPs criminal dishonesty.

    However – the MP with the famous duckhouse was a Tory.

    Lets hope that Mr Fab isn’t stalking around in the reeds to bag himself some wild duck.

  5. Steven Norman

    22nd December, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Well he clearly is unconcerned about what the public thinks as he ate even even more this year on the latest published figures – even claiming the maximum £400 for a month’s worth of food (before you have to produce a receipt). Making hay I suppose….

  6. David Alexander

    24th December, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I think it is pretty disguising taking into account our dis-fortunate friends and colleagues who have lost their jobs during the economic crisis. They have had no choice but to sign on and receive benefits to cover their weekly budget on the equivalent of Mr Fabricant’s nutrition expenses over two days. Im only 24 and I cant remember a time when Fabricant wasn’t in control, I think I can speak on behalf of my generation when I say “I think I am ready for some changes”.

    Steven – Making hay? No need to read between the lines, the clue is in his name. ;)

    Concerned Burntwood Citizen