The married Labour MPs Ann and Alan Keen are in real trouble with the news that Hounslow council is threatening to repossess what is, according to their expenses, their main home because it has been unoccupied for so long; seven months according to one council source spoken to by the BBC. Just to compound the Keen’s problem, Ann—who is a junior health minister—has also, Paul Waugh reports, billed the taxpayer for private health care. The health care claims are relatively small, £232. But it is obviously not going to go down well in the Labour party that a junior health minister is using private medical care.
It is very hard to see how the Keens can survive this if what they are calling their main home really has been unoccupied for seven months. Hounslow is a Tory-run council but the pictures the BBC are showing do strongly suggest that the house is unoccupied and has been for some time.
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