Conservative Whip Robert Goodwill’s Parliamentary Expenses



Conservative Whip Robert Goodwill’s Parliamentary Expenses – an interim report on the Parliamentary Expenses machinations of Robert Goodwill MP (Con. Scarborough & Whitby), by Real Whitby Corruption Buster Tim Thorne.

Most of you are probably familiar with expenses of Conservative Whip Robert Goodwill MP, but I will give a little background for the uninitiated.

In 2000 whilst working as a Conservative MEP for the region, Robert Goodwill MP sparked controversy when he was quoted thus:

I fly from Leeds/Bradford to Brussels and we get a set fee of around £500, but if I buy a cheaper ticket, economy class for about £160 and £250, I can pocket the difference and, as a capitalist, also as a British Conservative, I see it as a challenge to buy cheap tickets and make some profit on the system“.

The Conservative Party responded, condemning his actions:

The party does not endorse the fiddling of expenses or the impression given that the system should be made available for personal profit“.

Wikipedia reports the row erupted again during a 2010 General Election debate at Whitby Community College. Robert Goodwill MP claimed the quote was nonsense. Despite claiming the quote was nonsense, Robert Goodwill MP generously decided to give £2,000 to good causes after his adventures in the land of expenses were revealed to his constituents.

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Then there was also the little matter of Robert Goodwill MP topping the list of MPs who claimed Petty Cash during 2007/8. Robert Goodwill MP submitted 13 monthly Petty Cash claims of £250 instead of the usual 12 during 2007/8. £250 is the maximum you can claim per month. Robert Goodwill MP said he’d made a mistake with his expenses; he should only have claimed the maximum of £3,000 and reportedly paid the money back.

A quick look at his 2011/12 expenses yielded another Robert Goodwill MP double-dip. On 18/05/2011 Robert Goodwill MP made a claim for £756.38 for his Band E Westminster City Council property ‘Council Tax & BBC’. Just over a month later Robert Goodwill MP made a claim for £145.50 for a TV License.

It seems Robert Goodwill MP will be paying back yet more money in the future due to another double claim.

These amounts pale into insignificance when compared to his London accommodation expenses. Robert Goodwill MP was elected to Parliament in 2005 and, in late March 2006, he bought a property for £295,000 in Pimlico. The cost to the tax payer for Stamp Duty and Legal Fees was £9,731.76, plus a £225 survey for the property. On top of these fees Robert Goodwill MP claimed for furnishing his new flat. There are numerous receipts in the old MPs expenses system for the furnishings, which total many thousands of pounds.

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Robert Goodwill MP agreed a £280,000 Five-Year Interest Only Fixed Rate Mortgage with HSBC. Looking at the two expenses systems the monthly amount claimed for Interest Only was £1,165.32 which continued through until 20/05/2011.

Interestingly, there was no first monthly payment claimed in April or May 2006. Robert Goodwill MP waited until 05/03/07 to claim anything for his new mortgage when he claimed eleven months in one go.

Hurray, it seems waiting for so long to make that claim possibly saved the tax payer a little bit of money!

After the fixed term was over Robert Goodwill MP’s “Interest Only” mortgage plummeted due to the current economic climate. The new amount payable was £356.08 and this continued until the end of March 2012. During April 2012, Robert Goodwill MP moved into a hotel for a month at a cost £1,142 to the taxpayer.

May 2012 saw further changes. Robert Goodwill MP moved into rented accommodation. He claimed a £180 admin fee and started claiming £1,451.67 a month for his new accommodation. His Register of Interests now shows he derives rental income from a flat in London. No prizes for guessing which flat.

The recent Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ Programme on MPs expenses raised a few more questions about MPs renting properties. Robert Goodwill MP’s new landlord is Steven Constanti and the Agent is Andrew Reeves Letting Agents. Steven Constanti appears to be a partner at Simon Clarke Lettings Agents. The agent appears to be Andrew Reeves Letting Agents who are specialist in property in Belgravia, Westminster, Pimlico, Knightsbridge and South Kensington. It seems the owner of the property  Robert Goodwill MP rents wishes to remain anonymous. Or perhaps it’s just a coincidence that the partner in a letting agency is rg’s landlord.

Given that Robert Goodwill MP doesn’t miss a trick with the expenses system, it is rather odd he hasn’t claimed for any removal expenses – the Parliamentary Standards Guidelines on expenses claims makes clear that Robert Goodwill MP was able to claim for removal cost of his taxpayer-funded furnishings.

Perhaps Robert Goodwill MP moved just around the corner? Or perhaps RG’s new tenant has all those taxpayer-funded furnishings? It is clear that Robert Goodwill MP has a few questions to answer.

No part of this arrangement seems favourable to the taxpayer. We’ve gone from paying £356.08 per month for Robert Goodwill MP’s Mortgage Interest, to paying £1,451.67 for Robert Goodwill MP’s monthly rental fee.

Robert Goodwill MP, being a capitalist and also a British Conservative, really does see every opportunity to make some profit on the system.

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Robert Goodwill MP is now creaming off £1,100 per month of taxpayers money – £13,200 annually.

Robert Goodwill MP has also managed to get the taxpayer to cough up nearly £10,000 for his Stamp Duty and Legal Fees for a property that is now part of ‘RW Goodwill, Property Division.’

What an ugly situation.

At the very least Robert Goodwill MP should be paying back the £10,000 Stamp Duty and Legal Fee monies to the taxpayer. After all, we taxpayers did fund the purchase of his new business asset.

Given that the Conservative Party “does not endorse the fiddling of expenses“ neither do they believe that “the system should be made available for personal profit . . .

I wonder if the Conservative Party will be condemning Robert Goodwill MP’s actions again?

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 Related Robert Goodwill MP articles:

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/robert-goodwill-mp-in-personal-attack-on-whitby-campaigners

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/goodwill-backs-coastguard-cuts-he-should-resign

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/from-robert-with-love-mp-responds

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/a-vote-of-confidence-robert-goodwill-mp

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/mike-ward-exchange-with-goodwill

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/forgery-jane-kenyon-and-the-8-n-yorks-mps

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/david-clark-refutes-con-mp-goodwill

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/what-robert-said

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/robert-goodwill-mp-another-double-dipper

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/new-allegations-robert-goodwill-mp-double-dipping

http://www.real-whitby.co.uk/barmy-bonkers-govt-whip-goodwills-pc-porn

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24 Responses to "Conservative Whip Robert Goodwill’s Parliamentary Expenses"

  1. Brian Dodds  February 7, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Doesn,t this just leave a very stale taste in the mouth, if there was any justice and integrity left in this pathetic bunch of criminals we call a government this mans resignation would be demanded immediately. As it is it will probably follow all the other crooked dealings and tax evasive scams under the carpet, away from the public eye. Unless, that is, there is a good investigative journalist who will chase it up and an editor with the guts to print the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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    • Jane Swales  February 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      The only shocker here is that the Scarborough Evening News and the Whitby Gazette haven’t a reporter between them capable of even coming close to the standard of investigative journalism now coming to full maturity here on Real Whitby. Any newspaper worthy of the name would have this all over the front page – if they weren’t in the pockets of the politicians, that is. If the general public knew about this they would lynch Mr Goodwill. Austerity – with a £639 hatstand? I am ashamed to have ever voted Conservative. Never again.

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  2. DKP  February 7, 2013 at 1:02 am

    How many times does this despicable Selfservative have to be caught out before even his own despicable party recognise him for the chancer he is? How many electors does it it take to call in an MP?

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  3. sarraceniac  February 7, 2013 at 6:36 am

    As ‘the powers that be’ are doing nothing let us just hope that the current opinion polls are right.

    http://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/conlist_r_s.html#ScarboroughandWhitby

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  4. kathleen parker  February 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Doesn’t this just make your blood boil? That slimey creep should be brought to task and taken to court like any other fraudster! These slimeballs claim enogh money that they could bank their salery without touching it! Imagine banking 63 grand a year! Nice little earner I’d say.

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    • vanda inan  February 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      That is on top of all his expenses circa £ 54 K per annum plus his ‘wags’ bill, plus why do the Consitiutional Club donate to him £ 1875 about four times a year …

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  5. marie burns  February 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Its shocking,but is doesnt surprise me.He spoke out in the scarborough news months back to defend someone,about a story he didnt know the other side of.It concerned my daughter,but he knew nothing,and his comments were in favour of the personal friend of his.I telephoned him,and was very polite as I usually am.I have to say,he is the most arrogant,horrible man I have ever come across.He didn t want to listen to me,he just kept repeaating information that he had taken from the press.During the conversation,he admitted to smacking his children.I said that I could see that I would get no where with him,and politely terminated the conversation.These people will always be better than the people they are meant to be helping and representing,and by heck,don t they just know it.

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  6. Nigel Ward  February 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Readers may wish to consider signing this 38 Degrees petition – striving to put the people back in charge of democracy:

    http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/recall#petition

    and out of the hands of parasitic freeloaders.

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  7. Ian Detute  February 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Discusting parasite.

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  8. Richard Ineson  February 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    He’s just milking the system, as he has done for many years, hopefully he will get kicked out next time and then we’ll have another one to train. I was willing to give him a chance when he was elected, I used to correspond with him, but it soon became apparent that he was not the brightest bulb in the chandelier and was just a Conservative lickspittle. They know he’s a make weight and he will never get a Ministry, he will vote how they want him to and generally grease round everyone, grinning feebly and talking about cricket, he won’t cause any problems unless he forgets himself, in a big way on the expenses claims. Pretty useless all round, I wouldn’t buy a car from him.

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  9. J.Robertsonj.robertson2@btconnect.com  February 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I met this horrible little man once and have to agree with all the previous comments. I voted conservative but will radically rethink if that person dares to stand again. The one brain cell he has in is head is self seeking and egotistic can’t think why we have allowed this man to escape justice . Lets hope the local press get their act together . J . R

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  10. admin  February 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Can you summerise in one paragraph for a thicko like me. I never can follow long articles as my concentration goes astray.

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    • Jane Swales  February 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      It’s very straightforward, admin. The sting’s in the tail.

      “Robert Goodwill MP is now creaming off £1,100 per month of taxpayers money – £13,200 annually.

      Robert Goodwill MP has also managed to get the taxpayer to cough up nearly £10,000 for his Stamp Duty and Legal Fees for a property that is now part of ‘RW Goodwill, Property Division.’”

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      • Tim Thorne  February 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm

        “It’s very straightforward, admin. The sting’s in the tail.”

        I don’t think there was an easy or quick way to write the detail to get to the sting in the tail. Perhaps the historical stuff could have been removed to shorten the article, but the 2000 quote is amusing as hell.

        I really don’t mind Goodwill making money out of the flat. It does bother me that we’ve paid out £10,000 in Stamp Duty, Legal Fees etc to enable him to buy it. he should pay that back. Perhaps that salient point should have been bulleted for the reader?

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  11. Geraldine Mitchell  February 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    from some of the comments here it sounds as if Robert Goodwill does not listen to his constituents when in one to one conversation so he is hardly going to be listening to ‘all us little people who’re just jealous’ is he? But also from the comments here he’ll not be hearing how fast he’s losing his voters, who will hopefully all pass this article along…and their is some hubris in that!

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  12. admin  February 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Without wanting to repeat what Ive said before, I would love it if these articles would come with a 1 – 200 word abstract. A concise summary of the larger article. This is not criticism of the guys who write these articles, basically just a conveyance of my own frustration. On a personal level I struggle with long articles of this nature. My concentration just wont allow me to read through the full thing. Ive spoken with Nigel before and he is insistent that all the precise details must be within the article with all the evidence otherwise he is on a sticky wicket. I dont doubt this to be the truth. However I also believe that if Im lost after the first paragraph or 2, then so will many other readers. Without wanting to sound big headed, I do believe myself to be pretty articulate, qualified to degree level in science and with the ability to read and digest research. Im thinking that if Im struggling to follow these articles then so must some of the other readers. Generally I dont worry too much as Im not personally interested in many of the issues. However when the issue is around our local MP, I do want to know what is going on and what he is up to. I also think the general public need to know. Hense my request for a concise summary of what is being said in this article, and in lay persons terms. If Mr Goodwill is not acting in the best interests of the town, then the general public need to know what is being said here. So far Im still non the wiser, other than hes “creaming off £13,200″ a year. An abstract for the article in lay persons terminology would be a really big help, then I can decide if I want to invest an hour trying to understand the finer details.

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  13. p.boiston  February 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    The MP must be far too busy fiddling everything he can to do any good for the general public.
    I wonder if he has ever done anything for the large amount he is actually getting payed.

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  14. AnarchyUK  February 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Someone has kindly updated the Wikipedia page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Goodwill

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  15. wayne osborne  March 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Alright, I’ll forgive those electorate in Whitby & Scarborough that voted for the SCUMBAG as long as they, 1. Admit that they made a mistake in the voting booth and didn’t know who he was, 2. The pencil slipped as they went to put a cross on the paper, 3. They have a predetermined mental condition and their carer told them who to vote for. If they don’t own up to any of the above, they’ve got what they deserve !!!

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  16. Dave hancock  April 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Goodwill should be hounded out of this constituency and back to his bloody farm.

    The man has no morals and no shame as well as precious little intelligence.

    As a conservative voter most of my life, (with a few exceptions), this man disgusts me.

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  17. Trisha NF  April 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    He is but one criminal in that den of thieves aka The Houses of Parliament. Their Day of Judgement will arrive hopefully, and then they will, each and every one of them, get the punishment they so richly deserve!!!

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  18. Nigel  January 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

    A little bird tells me that Robert GOODWILL MP will not be standing for the Scarborough & Whitby constituency next time around; apparently, he is expected to contest Thirsk & Malton, where incumbent Anne McINTOSH MP has been deselected as part of the Yorkshire Conservative purge (readers in Bridlington will know what I am talking about, too).

    That is good news. I can hardly wait for County and Borough Councillor (and Mayor of Scarborough) Andy BACKHOUSE to throw his hat into the ring. A fish in a barrel, if ever there was one – in the finest tradition of Scarborough Mayors.

    Where were you on 3rd September 1983, Andy?

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  19. Alex  January 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I seem to recall Mr Goodwill’s name being on the list of postal voters addresses for Ramshill, yet when I knocked on the door, some chap had been living there for five years and it certainly wasn’t Goodwill.

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