One of the interesting sidenotes to the news that Tory MP Derek Conway has been censured by the Standards and Privileges Committee for paying his son large amounts from his parliamentary assistance allowance for doing little to no work, is the source of the complaints alleging malpractice. The complaint against Mr Conway was brought by a Michael Barnbrook, who stood as the UKIP candidate against Conway in Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency at the 2005 election. Since then, however, Barnbrook has done as many a u-kipper before him and defected to the BNP. A great shame for UKIP high command who will probably think twice before trying to claim the credit for this one!
All of which has provoked this little exchange!