Sir John Butterfill given back £15,000 of expenses he repaid

Dorset Echo: Sir John Butterfill given back £15,000 of expenses he repaid Sir John Butterfill given back £15,000 of expenses he repaid

FORMER Tory MP Sir John Butterfill has controversially been refunded more than £15,000 of the expenses he repaid last year.

According to a national newspaper Sir John, who stood down at the last election, has received £15,114.30 of the £17,748 he paid back after claiming mortgage interest payments on the whole of his former second home in Surrey, which included accommodation for a gardener/ caretaker.

Earlier this year a review of the expense claims by Sir Thomas Legg recommended he repay just £2,364.13.

At the time Sir John said he would not be asking for this back, saying his reputation “is frankly far more valuable to me than money”.

He is one of 23 MPs named in the tabloid over the weekend, who have been refunded money they paid following the scandal last year.

The MP has always refuted any wrongdoing relating to his expenses but said he paid back the money because of the public anger and the way the matter had been presented.

In March the former MP for Bournemouth West was caught up in a political lobbying row after he was taped by the Dispatches programme on Channel Four, suggesting he would set up meetings with ministers in a David Cameron government for money.

The programme also saw him tell the undercover reporter he was “quite likely” to be sent to the House of Lords.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Echo following the television show, Sir John admitted he had made a fool of himself but stressed he had not offered to do any work while still an MP.

He also said programme-makers had edited a lot of the discussion.

The show prompted David Cameron to rule out the move to the Lords.

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9:06am Mon 16 Aug 10

Huey says...

He's stuffed his double chin with taxpayers cash
He's stuffed his double chin with taxpayers cash Huey
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9:15am Mon 16 Aug 10

opppiub says...

Another day another piece of respect for our MP's and Councilors is chipped away. All the same, rotten to the core.

Trebles all round, what what.
Another day another piece of respect for our MP's and Councilors is chipped away. All the same, rotten to the core. Trebles all round, what what. opppiub
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9:49am Mon 16 Aug 10

ski says...

At the time Sir John said he would not be asking for this back, saying his reputation “is frankly far more valuable to me than money.

So Sir Lard A.R.Se will be giving this £15,000 to a deserving charity will he??

Watch out for flying pigs
At the time Sir John said he would not be asking for this back, saying his reputation “is frankly far more valuable to me than money. So Sir Lard A.R.Se will be giving this £15,000 to a deserving charity will he?? Watch out for flying pigs ski
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9:53am Mon 16 Aug 10

ben111 says...

Shame on them all , All very poor .
Shame on them all , All very poor . ben111
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10:37am Mon 16 Aug 10

Norman Mead says...

So, by his own admission, Mr Butterfill's reputation is evidently not worth £15,000. IMHO it's worth considerably less than that.
So, by his own admission, Mr Butterfill's reputation is evidently not worth £15,000. IMHO it's worth considerably less than that. Norman Mead
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11:48am Mon 16 Aug 10

TFan says...

so these MPs, caught with their noses in the trough, put their hands up and say "mea culpa" and repay their dodgy expenses in the glare of publicity, then, when they hope the furore has died down, get most of it back again. They really don't get why the rest of us think they're a waste of perfectly good oxygen.
so these MPs, caught with their noses in the trough, put their hands up and say "mea culpa" and repay their dodgy expenses in the glare of publicity, then, when they hope the furore has died down, get most of it back again. They really don't get why the rest of us think they're a waste of perfectly good oxygen. TFan
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12:03pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Syd Poumen says...

As a Surveyor, Sir John will be able to advise how many tins of whitewash that will buy.
I just hope Bournemouth Council don't out-sauce this and pay his private consultancy fees for the service!
As a Surveyor, Sir John will be able to advise how many tins of whitewash that will buy. I just hope Bournemouth Council don't out-sauce this and pay his private consultancy fees for the service! Syd Poumen
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2:35pm Mon 16 Aug 10

BobbyPoole says...

...The show prompted David Cameron to rule out the move to the Lords.

..ummm let's see how long it is before he's called Lord ButterMeUpandFillMeP
ockets.....
...The show prompted David Cameron to rule out the move to the Lords. ..ummm let's see how long it is before he's called Lord ButterMeUpandFillMeP ockets..... BobbyPoole
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6:56pm Mon 16 Aug 10

ski says...

Lest we forget what this scrounger claimed for.
Sir John Butterfill, MP for Bournemouth West, claimed just over £1,000 in the first quarter of 2009/10 but claimed £18,926.49 in 2008/2009.

Claims included thousands of pounds of work on his kitchen and bathroom, (£3,000 of which he has since voluntarily repaid), £500 for a television, £724.50 for decorating a bedroom and £396.75 for supplying and fitting a blind
Lest we forget what this scrounger claimed for. Sir John Butterfill, MP for Bournemouth West, claimed just over £1,000 in the first quarter of 2009/10 but claimed £18,926.49 in 2008/2009. Claims included thousands of pounds of work on his kitchen and bathroom, (£3,000 of which he has since voluntarily repaid), £500 for a television, £724.50 for decorating a bedroom and £396.75 for supplying and fitting a blind ski
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7:17pm Mon 16 Aug 10

opppiub says...

Syd Poumen wrote:
As a Surveyor, Sir John will be able to advise how many tins of whitewash that will buy.
I just hope Bournemouth Council don't out-sauce this and pay his private consultancy fees for the service!
He can hook up with his fellow scamsters (the current bunch of deviants) or do deals with the Developer freeloaders on the Pornmouth Concil. Trebles all round....
[quote][p][bold]Syd Poumen[/bold] wrote: As a Surveyor, Sir John will be able to advise how many tins of whitewash that will buy. I just hope Bournemouth Council don't out-sauce this and pay his private consultancy fees for the service![/p][/quote]He can hook up with his fellow scamsters (the current bunch of deviants) or do deals with the Developer freeloaders on the Pornmouth Concil. Trebles all round.... opppiub
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