Sometimes things happen that you just couldn’t have arranged better.
In the wake of the McNulty dodgy allowance business, a couple of things happened.
1. Sarah Teather (Lib Dem MP for Brent East) made some hay for the Lib Dems out of the situation, tabling a Commons motion to scrap the allowance for London MPs.
2. Dawn Butler (Labour MP for Brent South) found herself in the spotlight next, on the same subject. Turns out she claims the second home allowance in order to maintain her ownership of two houses, despite her constituency house being roughly as close to parliament as her other house. The BBC illustrate the point here.
What makes this particularly amusing, you ask? (Well, you probably don’t – if you’re reading Lib Dem Blogs, you probably know.) Well, it turns out that, due to boundary changes, at the next election Dawn and Sarah are fighting it out for the newly created seat of Brent Central.
It was almost enough to make me feel sorry for Dawn Butler.
Almost. Then I remembered this.
ps. Dawn’s staff have been displaying their spelling skills again today, posting a response to the revelations on her website.