Julie Kirkbride is in serious trouble. She now heads the news agenda, and must go face-to-face with an army of angry constituents. But what has she done, and is it really that bad?
Second home allowance
Kirkbride lives with her husband Andrew MacKay, also a Tory MP. He claimed a second home allowance of £23,000 on the family home in London - designated by Kirkbride as her primary residence - despite not having a property in his Bracknell constituency. His political career is over.
This is what Kirkbride had to say about it yesterday: "He was told to do that by the Fees Office shortly after we got married, and he took that advice. I was aware that he had that advice, and at the time I was a new MP, taking lots of advice from him on a whole series of issues. I did not question it. We both regret that now because Andrew has given up the career that he loves because he made an error of judgment."
On the one hand, there's a real sense that the current focus on Kirkbride is punishing her forRead More »from The Julie Kirkbride question