the risk of giving Mr. Barnbrook a swollen head I am going to give him two
mentions in one day. For the past three years he has been pursuing a complaint
against the MP for Rotherham for fiddling his expense claims. For long periods
he has heard nothing at all from the House of Commons Committee on Standards and
Privileges but in recent weeks there has been some movement culminating in
Mr. Denis MacShane MP is said to have behaved in a way “far below the standards
of integrity and probity expected of every member of the House”. He faces 12
months suspension from the Commons.
In the Standards and Privileges Committee’s report (PDF file, report page 77), Mick Barnbrook is credited as being the only complainant in this case bringing his tally of MPs’ heads to seven, if I have counted correctly. Perhaps I should have put Mick on Craske’s tail.