Before becoming the Labour MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce was in the military. I know the MOD is famed for its wastefulness, but these figures are a disgrace.
Eric's Expenses (never outside the top 2 for travel)
Eric racked up the highest travel expenses of any MP in the 2005/6 financial year. His travel expenses are well over £5,000 higher than any other MP.
This ongoing exorbitant waste of taxpayers money is a matter of public interest. I want to hear from Eric whether these travel expenses include transport for domestic staff. His au pair used to travel very regularly up to Scotland with Eric and his family and the Joyces would pay for her to return to fly in style back to Slovakia several times a year. Can someone who knows more about what MPs can and can't claim for give me some clarity around this issue? Eric's generosity was legendary, but was it at the taxpayer's expense? By the way, even if this spending is all legitimate, it shows a level of incompetence that makes him unfit to be an MP.