U.K. Iain Duncan Smith the man forcing people with cancer to go to work for Tesco’s actually claimed on his expense, for his UNDERPANTS!
If there were ever any doubts that Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith is a very nasty bully of the highest order, this little anecdote will surely remove them.
Around 10 years ago – when IDS was leader of the opposition – you may remember the ‘Betsygate‘ scandal when it was revealed he’d been using taxpayers’ money to pay his wife a wage for doing nothing.
In October 2003, a senior aide to IDS – Dr Vanessa Gearson – gave written evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Standards and Privileges about the scandal.
In her written statement Dr Gearson revealed that she had written an email to Conservative Central Office expressing her concerns about IDS claiming money from the taxpayer for his own personal expenses—for example his lunches, haircuts, food for his own home, a mirror for his flat, his laundry and – his underwear!
Even more revealing than the fact that IDS thinks the taxpayer should pay for his underwear, Dr Gearson also describes how after she sent the email, she was reduced to tears by an “extremely agitated” and “very angry” Duncan Smith after he called her to a meeting to demand that the offending email be “expunged” from the central server:
You can see the whole written statement from Dr Gearson here:
Yet more irrefutable proof – if any more were needed – of what a very nasty piece of work Duncan Smith really can be.
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U.K’s Iain Duncan Smith bullied aide to tears over his expenses claims for – underwear!