Hat tip: Perry Wilsher
Ironically, the leading Tory Candidate in Scotland, Struan Stevenson, did exactly this in 2004 - "He was accused on the Today programme of signing the MEPs' register that declared he was attending meetings in the Belgian capital but then, one hour later, flying back to Scotland while still pocketing the 262 euros (roughly £180) per day expenses for meals and subsistence in Brussels."As usual, we got the same old excuses - "Mr Stevenson said he had been traduced and that the allowance, which also covered his accommodation costs in Brussels, was claimed by everyone.This answer, however, only begged further questions - the obvious one being that just because everyone else claimed it, did that make it right for Mr Stevenson to do it, too? And if he was legitimately claiming for his accommodation costs, why did he not pay back that part of the allowance that related to meals in Brussels that he didn't eat?One MSP, who was not unsympathetic to Mr Stevenson's predicament, nevertheless asked whether the MEP would be happy to pay one of his farm labourers a full day's pay if that man turned up at 8am but then cleared off an hour later."http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1460650/An-expensive-opening-round-for-the-Tories-in-the-Euro-contest.htmlThis is the weakness of the Party List system. Stevenson is a known expenses cheat but he tops the party list. Every vote for the Conservatives goes to him. Obviously the Tory Party see nothing wrong with sending a cheat to Europe to represent them and the average Conservative voter has no choice.
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