Jack Straw's Ministry of Justice spent £204,000 on food and drink in one year

THE Ministry of Justice spent £204,000 on food and drink in one year when Blackburn MP Jack Straw was the boss.

In the final 12 months of the Labour government, £99,000 was spent at its Whitehall headquarters and another £105,000 by its agencies on ‘refreshments and hospitality’.

Since the Tories took power, this fell to £15,600 for the last full year.

Mr Straw said: “This was spent inside the department and was expenditure of which I was not aware.

“If I had been aware I would have stopped it. My lunches were paid for by me, from a cash float in the office which was kept by my diary secretary.”

His replacement as Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Hardworking taxpayers rightly expect to know that their money is being spent in the best possible way.

"We’re going to keep bearing down on unnecessary costs so that the public are reassured the days of Labour waste are well behind us.”

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1:29pm Thu 5 Dec 13

vicn1956 says...

"If I was aware." I see no ships!
Last paragraph-SPOT ON!
"If I was aware." I see no ships! Last paragraph-SPOT ON! vicn1956

1:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

buckoff says...

Straw lies and a thief and yet your still milking the taxpayers for every last penny. And for what, absolutely nothing in return. Mr Straw said: “This was spent inside the department and was expenditure of which I was not aware. Well what on earth was you being paid for. You and your cronies deliberately bankrupted this country. Should all be hung for treason. Yet this town is still full of idiots that vote for you, you must laugh all the way to the bank at people that still vote for you.
Straw lies and a thief and yet your still milking the taxpayers for every last penny. And for what, absolutely nothing in return. Mr Straw said: “This was spent inside the department and was expenditure of which I was not aware. Well what on earth was you being paid for. You and your cronies deliberately bankrupted this country. Should all be hung for treason. Yet this town is still full of idiots that vote for you, you must laugh all the way to the bank at people that still vote for you. buckoff

1:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

andy1 says...

Jack Straw with Peter Hain tried behind the backs of the British People of Gibraltar to sell us out to Spain in joint sovereignty. Straw and Hain know we will never accept this. I am usually a Labour Supporter but would never vote for one of these two Tony Blair lapdogs. All three are traitors to the Labour Movement and have blood on their hands of our brave troops. None are welcome in Gibraltar we will not forget your treachery that is why my fellow Gibraltarians and other E.U nationals are harassed by the Para Military Police of Spain every day when we try to exercise are right to f freedom of movement simply because we do not want to be Spanish that is our human right. Jack Straw we will defend our Rock with our last drop of blood before we become Spanish get the message to Hain also. The day he takes Hain with him the better. Long Live British Gibraltar No Joint Sovereignty to sPain.
Jack Straw with Peter Hain tried behind the backs of the British People of Gibraltar to sell us out to Spain in joint sovereignty. Straw and Hain know we will never accept this. I am usually a Labour Supporter but would never vote for one of these two Tony Blair lapdogs. All three are traitors to the Labour Movement and have blood on their hands of our brave troops. None are welcome in Gibraltar we will not forget your treachery that is why my fellow Gibraltarians and other E.U nationals are harassed by the Para Military Police of Spain every day when we try to exercise are right to f freedom of movement simply because we do not want to be Spanish that is our human right. Jack Straw we will defend our Rock with our last drop of blood before we become Spanish get the message to Hain also. The day he takes Hain with him the better. Long Live British Gibraltar No Joint Sovereignty to sPain. andy1

11:20am Fri 6 Dec 13

Izanears says...

vicn1956 wrote:
"If I was aware." I see no ships!
Last paragraph-SPOT ON!
I think Jack, like many of his kind was not aware of a lot of things. This is o a par with the Nuremberg defence which was, I was only obeying orders!!!!
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: "If I was aware." I see no ships! Last paragraph-SPOT ON![/p][/quote]I think Jack, like many of his kind was not aware of a lot of things. This is o a par with the Nuremberg defence which was, I was only obeying orders!!!! Izanears

8:13pm Fri 6 Dec 13

King Fabulous says...

Junket Jack and the rest of his Liebour cronies are an utter disgrace, And yet there is no end of morons who keep voting for him...
Junket Jack and the rest of his Liebour cronies are an utter disgrace, And yet there is no end of morons who keep voting for him... King Fabulous

9:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Get your big fat pension Jack and get back of down South where you belong, from a Blackburniun thanks for nowt!!!
Get your big fat pension Jack and get back of down South where you belong, from a Blackburniun thanks for nowt!!! Lancs - pensioner

12:46pm Sat 7 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Why not pay someone who is party politically unbiased to run the council and do away with the politically biased self motivated councillors for good. That in the presently poorly run one party Blackburn with Darwen council can’t help but produce improvements. As a further improvement it would also save a lot of wasteful money by doing away with a Blackburn with Darwen one seat politically biased MP. Instead you could vote for an unbiased party politically Blackburn with Darwen Community Manager instead!
Why not pay someone who is party politically unbiased to run the council and do away with the politically biased self motivated councillors for good. That in the presently poorly run one party Blackburn with Darwen council can’t help but produce improvements. As a further improvement it would also save a lot of wasteful money by doing away with a Blackburn with Darwen one seat politically biased MP. Instead you could vote for an unbiased party politically Blackburn with Darwen Community Manager instead! blackburnwithdarwen

3:04pm Sun 8 Dec 13

id123456 says...

Wonder why the comments thread has suddenly gone off on a certain story?
Trial by media and the legal implications, maybe?
' Excellent journalism ' once again by the evening telegraph.
R.I.P. Mr Bahamis. Top Man.
Wonder why the comments thread has suddenly gone off on a certain story? Trial by media and the legal implications, maybe? ' Excellent journalism ' once again by the evening telegraph. R.I.P. Mr Bahamis. Top Man. id123456

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