Gordon Brown ticked off in expenses probe

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Prime Minister Gordon Brown was  ticked off for breaching rules on expenses yesterday but  cleared of deliberately trying to deceive parliamentary  authorities.

Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown

Parliament’s sleaze watchdog John Lyon had investigated  complaints that Brown had failed to properly declare 1,600  pounds he received in rent from sub-letting part of his Scottish  constituency office to Labour Party colleagues.
Lyon’s report cleared Brown of failing to declare the rent,  but did confirm he breached guidelines introduced in 2004 which  state that MPs cannot sub-let accommodation paid for from  parliamentary allowances.
However the report concluded Brown had done this  inadvertently and neither he nor the Labour Party had benefitted  as a result. Consequently he will not face any punishment.

“We accept that Mr Brown’s breach of the rules of the House  was inadvertent and that he took steps to rectify it as soon as  it was drawn to his attention,” the House of Commons Standards  and Privileges Committee said.
“Mr Brown has apologised and in our view no further action  is necessary.”

Conservative MP Greg Hands who made the complaint said he  accepted Brown’s apology.
“It does not appear that the Prime Minister has personally  profited from the breach, and he did quickly rectify the  situation when it was brought to his attention by my complaint  and by the media,” he said.

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