What do 220 former MPs have in common other than life-long membership to the subsidised restaurants and bars in the Palace of Westminster?
Answer: They applied for Resettlement Grants.
Thanks to Lobbydog the names and numbers are now public. For some time he's chipped away at the unnecessary barriers erected in order to acquire the information and his persistence has paid off.
Those members who were not paid the Grant - although it is not stated if an application was made and refused - were:
- David Chaytor
- Jim Devine
- Elliot Morley
- Harry Cohen
- Rudi Vis
In the past there has been criticism of Alex Salmond for accepting the grant for his 23 years of service. He has stated he will be giving the bulk to the Trust he set up in 2007 in memory of his mother.
Isn't it strange the likes of Michael Ancram, John Reed, Mohammed Sarwar, John Prescott, Ann and Nicholas Winterton and other self-confessed millionaires have been silent about this ludicrous windfall? Perhaps they're still hoarse from laughing all the way to the bank.