From British daily The Morning Star:
Hopeless Hoon heads out of Parliament
Thursday 11 February 2010
Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon is to stand down from Parliament at this year’s election, he has announced.
Mr Hoon has been MP for the Nottinghamshire seat of Ashfield since 1992 and has been embroiled in controversy since Labour was elected in 1997.
In a 2003 interview on the BBC, he asserted that Britain was willing to use nuclear weapons against Iraqi forces “in the right circumstances.”
And in that same year, he continued to claim that two trailers found in Iraq were mobile weapons laboratories. This was in spite of the fact that it had been leaked to the press by Dr David Kelly and other weapons inspectors that they were nothing of the sort.
He also faced anger from some activists after launching a failed coup attempt against Gordon Brown earlier this year with former Cabinet colleague Patricia Hewitt.
A spokeswoman for Mr Hoon’s constituency party said letters were being sent out to members to inform them of his decision to stand down.
Geoff Hoon is up to his neck into the British parliamentary expenses scandal.
Tory toff bemoans loss of privileges
Expenses: Tory toff Sir Nicholas Winterton has hit out at the new expenses culture at the House of Commons saying he was “infuriated” that he can no longer travel first class on trains.
The veteran Conservative MP also challenged the £1.1 million cost of an audit of MPs’ expenses by Sir Thomas Legg, describing the former mandarin’s salary for chairing the review as “megabucks.”
The Macclesfield MP repaid £850 after the Legg inquiry found he had been overpaid for council tax bills on his second home.
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