Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ex-Labour MP Jim Devine 'requested receipt for no work', the good news is prison cells don’t have leaky roofs at Club Fed

Dear All

In a previous life as a Labour MP Jim Devine bought shelving to store documents.

But he has a more much pressing need for it now; his arse is about to collapse and needs to be shored up quickly.

Or both his cheeks will round his ankles making movement difficult.

The former Labour MP is accused of faking expenses by asking a stationery company to confirm he had paid for orders when he never did so.

Jim Devine needs to plead guilty because if he continues down this road he is going to get hammered.

A court heard Jim Devine allegedly requested that invoices be stamped to say money had been "received with thanks" before the orders were paid for.

Why would the company lie springs to mind immediately?

Devine became an MP after former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, who had represented Livingston, died in 2005.

In court, Jennifer McCrea, a former employee of Armstrong Printing Limited in Clackmannanshire, said on one occasion Mr Devine had made a request for a receipt as "a matter of urgency".

Ms. McCrea said customers often asked for an invoice to be "receipted", as confirmation a payment had been made, which was indicated on the paperwork by the words "received with thanks" being stamped on it, however Devine made his request without paying a bean.

She said:

"He was asking for an invoice for future work. He asked for it to be made out for around £2,400. There was no detail for what actually was going to be printed. He asked for it to be receipted. If someone asks for a receipted invoice they want acknowledgement that that particular invoice has been paid."

She said she could not process his request, so had passed it on to the company director, Billy Lochie.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, asked her:

"By stamping it and signing it, that assumes that Armstrong Printing received £2,400. And had they?"

She replied: "No they had not."
He asked:

"And did they?"

She responded:

"No they did not."

This reads as it is, pretty damning.

In my opinion, he is legally buried.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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