London Lite Tuesday, 13 October 2009 Moat-cleaning Tory: Ive not been asked to repay a penny ExesMPsplot rebellionover unfairreport Approved in advance: Conservative Party grandee Douglas Hogg Fast talkAn instant interviewwith... david mitchell The 35-year-old Bafta award- winning comedian and writer lives in Kilburn. Acting or writing? Acting is more fun but writing is more difficult so theres a greater sense of achievement. Cats or dogs? I dont have pets but my parents have always had cats and I like them. Night in or night out? My ideal night out is meeting some friends in the pub, going to a posh restaurant and then maybe back to the pub again. Michael Jackson or Janet Jackson? Michael was the more accomplished performer in his day, although I imagine Janet would be easier to work with. Its all context- dependable. Phil Mitchell or Grant Mitchell? No, thank you. They are two fictional characters in a regrettable TV programme. Enough said. North or south London? North. I wouldnt find it unthinkable to move down south but I dont see the point. Fame or fortune? I hate the red carpet but I value being the centre of attention above having financial wealth. Ant or Dec? I can tell them apart if I think about it. The weirder-looking one is Ant, so Ill say Dec (right). Neighbours or Home & Away? Please, no! If I have to choose, Neighbours. It was the first one and its clearly still the market leader. NIck Boulos Jokebox......... Geralds just rebooting the computer MPs facing huge bills were today planning to reject demands to pay back their expenses. Senior politicians, some of whom could be asked to repay tens of thousands of pounds, have called the findings of a review of their claims a breach of natural justice. Many are considering putting the recommendations to a vote on the Commons floor later this year. Gordon Brown was heckled at a meeting last night by Labour MPs. They are angry that the PM, who announced the review last July, has urged them all to pay up without protest. Voting out the payback calls would cause huge controversy and is seen as a last resort if Sir Thomas Legg, the ex-civil servant who carried out the review, refuses to soften his stance. Many MPs say their claims were approved under existing rules -- and some are talking about putting 2,000 each into a fund to mount a legal challenge to the findings. One MP said: This report is unfair, arbitrary and breaches natural justice. The Commons has no power to make MPs repay money unless a breach of the old rules is shown. THE Tory grandee who claimed the cost of moat cleaning on his expenses has not been asked to pay money back. Douglas Hogg has been asked by auditor Sir Thomas Legg to provide further infor- mation to the inquiry into MPs expenses -- and could yet have to repay some funds to the taxpayer -- but he said: I have not been asked to repay any money at all. All my expenses were approved in advance by the fees office and in writing. Sir Thomas has asked for information and Im very happy to respond. However, Mr Hogg has agreed to repay 2,200 -- the cost of cleaning the moat at his Lincolnshire mansion. His claims reportedly include 9,466 a year towards a housekeeper. One estimate had put his possible repayment bill at 37,398. Another Tory, Sir John Gummer, could face a bill of 32,000. He was said to have claimed more than 36,000 over four years for gardening, and has already agreed to repay 11,538. by kevin widdop H 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.html