THERE I was rustling through some old copies of the Stoke Sentinel newspaper and what do I see: Ed Fordham embroiled in a row over politicians’ expenses? Shurely shome mishtake.
A quick squiz at the November 19, 1999 edition – it’s a good one – appears to show the Hampstead and Kilburn Lib Dem candidate defending an increase in the allowances handed to councillors on Stoke-On-Trent council. He was a councillor up there, back then.
The story reads:
MANY councillors will be worse off under a controversial new expenses scheme, it has been claimed.
Under the system approved by councillors the basic allowance will rise by 1,150 per cent from £360 to £4,500, but the attendance allowance will be scrapped.
Twenty-nine of the 60 councillors who are in the cabinet, are leaders of political groups or chair committees will receive extra, but the other 31 will be entitled to no more than their £4,500 a year.
Liberal Democrat Ed Fordham, who claimed £2,409 after being elected part way through last year, said: “The notion that councillors will be better off is a sham and a farce. There are many members who will be worse off because the attendance allowance has been scrapped.”
OK, ok, not quite rocking horse and duck house territory…