A member of my trade union -Unite and even my TU branch, 1183, the MP Margaret Moran and former Lewisham councillor and leader of Lewisham council has been forced to indicate she will not be standing at the next election. She has been faced with a wave of anger from her constituents in Luton, learning of her spending £22,000 of tax payers money on treating dry rot on a property in Southampton! An initial forthright and stout defense of her position, even the threat of litigation has crumbled and an acceptance that she would not have a 'cat in hells' chance of holding her marginal Luton seat.
Day 22 of the 'Torygraph's publication of the MP expenses scandal has taken down even more MP's and the firestorm of MP's details shows no sign of stopping. We even have the information relating to MP's outside interests to come!
We really are entering dangerous times. Over the weekend, the forces of the right in Luton marched through the town, smashing windows and assaulting Asian shop keepers. Clearly the forces of the right are seeking to whip up hostility and anger in the face of rising job losses hitting the area and anger with elected representatives.
The hard working Labour MP for East Lewisham, Bridget Prentice, has taken many by surprise by announcing recently her intention not to stand again. Is this an indication of more expense scandal that may unfold for Lewisham's MP's ?