The snooper snooped on!

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said she will “answer any questions” Parliament’s sleaze watchdog has about £116,000 in “second home” expenses.

Ms Smith named her sister’s London home as her main residence and her family home in Redditch as her “second home”.

She insists she has done nothing wrong and that she followed the rules.

But Standards Commissioner John Lyon has asked her to explain claims by her London neighbours she spends as little as two nights a week at that address.

Nice to see our citizens are keeping an eye out for dodgy Nu Labour politicians as well as swarthy men with rucksacks…

Now, perhaps some public questions can be asked about her arrangement with a certain Mr Timney who is paid £40 000 to manage her constituency office.

Mr Timney is in fact married to the strident Ms Smith and was recently discovered to have written a series of letters to newspapers praising the work of – yes, you’ve guessed it – Ms Smith.

Of course, Mr Timney did not disclose this fact.

One of the pleasures of blogging is not just writing but also reading other people’s blogs.

So Guido made me laugh when he described Ms Smith as “the second home secretary”.


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