This video from Britain says about itself:
Shami Chakrabarti SAVAGES UK Minister Geoff “Buff” Hoon over the US attempts to BLACKMAIL Britain into silence over evidence of Torture.
Binyam Mohamed, a British resident held at the American base, has launched a legal challenge in the High Court in London for documents detailing his treatment to be made public.
From British weekly The Observer:
Geoff Hoon‘s home expenses come under spotlight
Minister lived in MoD flat while letting out London property and claiming expenses for his constituency house
* Toby Helm, Whitehall editor
* Sunday 5 April 2009 00.33 BST
Another cabinet minister was dragged into the row over MPs’ expenses last night when it emerged Geoff Hoon, the defence secretary during the Iraq war, claimed expenses on his constituency home and rented out his London house while living throughout the conflict in a grace-and-favour flat in Whitehall.
Hoon, who is now transport secretary, lived for three-and-a-half years in Admiralty House while the London property he registered as his “main residence” was let to a private tenant. This allowed the MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire to claim around £50,000 in expenses for running his constituency residence, which was entered as his “second home” with the Commons authorities, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Hoon, who is a trained barrister, insisted last night that he had stayed entirely within the rules and was using the system in the same way as many colleagues. “I only claimed whatever the rules allowed for. I assure you I had it properly checked out,” he said.
However, the revelations will add to pressure for swift changes in the pay and expenses regime for MPs. Home secretary Jacqui Smith is already under investigation by a Westminster watchdog over her decision to name her sister’s house in south London as her main residence, allowing her to claim expenses on her family home in Redditch, Worcestershire.
HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith faced fresh pressure to justify her expenses claims on Monday after leaks suggested she had bought a BBQ, patio heater and toothbrush holder with taxpayers’ funds: here.