London Lite Monday, 12 October 2009 Jacqui Smith toldtogrovel Commonsroofprotestersgearupfortwomoredays Jacqui Smith was ordered to apologise to the house of com- mons today after a watchdog found that she had clearly breached rules on second home expenses. the former home secretary faced embarrassment after it was revealed she claimed for expenses for cable tV films -- including blue movies watched by her husband. She also designated her sisters house in London as her main home, claiming second home allowances on her Redditch family home. t h e c o m m o n s Standards and Privileges committee said today she would face no further action over the cable mov- ies but agreed that she had wrongly designated her main home. although she has not been asked to repay any money, ms Smith said she was dis- appointed at the outcome. it is thought likely she will make her apology over wrongly designat- ing her homes in a personal state- ment to the commons later today. an inquiry into ms Smiths expenses found that between 2006 and 2009 she claimed 64,240 in additional costs for the Redditch property, including mortgage inter- est, utility bills, council tax, telephone bills, servic- ing, maintenance, repairs and cleaning. there were also com- plaints over her claims for a cable tV, tele- phone and broad- band package, which included additional sums for pay-per-view films and sporting events. among these were porno- graphic movies which her husband, Richard timney, has admitted watching while she was away. ms Smith has already apologised over the films, insisting she did not know they were included in the claim, and has repaid 400. the inquiry concluded that ms Smith was in breach of commons rules over the designation of her second home from 2004 to 2009, and the committee today backed the find- ing that her Redditch constituency home was in fact her main home. meanwhile, Sir thomas Legg is carrying out an audit of all allow- ances paid out over the last five years and has written to mPs to raise ques- tions over some claims. Gordon Brown urged mPs to comply with Sir thomass recom- mendations. We have got to clean up politics, we have got to consign the old discredited system to the dustbin of history, he said. by kevin widdop WatchdogordersanapologytoHouse poST yoUR ibLoG ReviewS AT thisislondon.co.uk/lite 1 (4) Love Is The Answer -- Barbra Streisand 2 (2) Celebration -- Madonna 3 (1) Brand New Eyes -- Paramore 4 (7) Reunited -- Cliff Richard & The Shadows 5 (10) Well Meet Again -- The Very Best of Vera Lynn 6 (9) The Blueprint -- Jay-Z 7 (5) The Resistance -- Muse 8 (-) Still So Far To Go -- The Best of Chris Rea 9 (6) Tongue N Cheek -- Dizzee Rascal 10(-) The Very Best Of -- Andy Williams Source: The Official UK Charts Company TOP 10 SINGLES 1 (-) Oops Daisy -- Chipmunk 2 (-) Forever Is Over -- Saturdays 3 (2) Empire State Of Mind -- Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys 4 (1) Break Your Heart -- Taio Cruz 5 (3) Sexy Chick -- David Guetta ft Akon 6 (7) Sweet Disposition -- Temper Trap 7 (4) She Wolf -- Shakira 8 (5) I Gotta Feeling -- Black Eyed Peas 9 (9) Hotel Room Service -- Pitbull 10(6) Run This Town -- Jay-Z ft Rihanna and Kanye West TOP 10 ALBUMS Sound&Lite ECO-ACTIVISTS demonstrating on the House of Commons roof today vowed to stay put for another 48 hours. Up to 30 Greenpeace campaigners spent a second day protesting over Government weakness on climate change. They handed out a manifesto seeking zero carbon emissions by 2030 as MPs returned to Westminster from their summer break. The demonstrators, who have unfurled more than 15 banners, were preparing to put up another huge one. Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: We must raise the temperature of the debate as we are running out of time. We are at a minute to midnight but there is so much to do. Last night 23 protesters were arrested after climbing down. Those left said they had thermal clothing, food and sleeping bags. The protest came as Gordon Browns chief climate change advisers said Britain will not slash its CO2 output unless ministers abandon free-market policies and force firms to invest in green technology. We shall not be moved: Greenpeace activists on the Commons roof today H Guilty: Jacqui Smith fiddled second home allowance index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html