Admin is clearly beneath Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell and his very well-staffed office (whose salaries are paid for by you, the tax-payer).
Well over a year since Mario Creatura, Barwell’s Westminster bag carrier, got himself a second publicly funded income as a Tory councilor, and he is yet to declare that position, as he is required by the strict rules of the House of Commons.
Town centre resident Creatura, who was handed a cushy safe Tory council seat in Coulsdon West in May 2014, is not listed as having benefited by this great good fortune.
As a back-bench Conservative councillor in Croydon, Creatura receives around £12,000 in allowances each year, in addition to the estimated £26,000 salary he is paid for working as one of Barwell’s six-strong staff – of whom four all double-up as councillors in the borough.
Creatura’s colleague in Barwell’s Westminster office, Labour-supporting Jason Cummings, has at least managed to do his paperwork, and properly declares his position as a councillor, while also revealing that he is so energetic that he is able to do a third job, that of office assistant at Croydon Tories’ Purley office. Where does he find the time?
Barwell has several times been reproached by the Parliamentary authorities for breaches of protocol and abuses of his position, most recently last month when he was found to have broken the rules over the use of his MP’s email address. Barwell escaped official sanction because he claimed the abuse was “an honest mistake”.
It will be interesting to discover what feeble excuse Creatura offers for his failure to provide a proper declaration of his positions.
- The same register reveals that it is a case of “jobs for the gals” in the office of the new Croydon South MP Chris Philp, where young Maddie Hale has a tidy little number working alongside her own mother, senior Croydon Conservative councillor Lynne Hale. There is, of course, not the slightest suggestion of any nepotism involved in this mother-and-daughter appointment, and Maddie Hale was undoubtedly the outstanding candidate for the job.
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