Two MPs pick up travel and music feebies worth £5,000 in past year

Daily Echo: Mark Hoban Mark Hoban

TWO Hampshire MPs have picked up top travel and music freebies worth almost £5,000 as gifts in the past year, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Winchester MP Steve Brine, 40, landed two tickets and hospitality, worth £1,340, to last year’s Glastonbury Festival.

The festival hit the headlines last year as Rolling Stones headlined for the first time.

Also among the headliners on the famous Pyramid Stage in 2013 were Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons.

The MP’s tickets were paid for by the Public Right Society (PRS) for Music which fights to ensure musicians get the royalties they are entitled to.

The group also paid £400 for dinner and two concert tickets for a performance at the O2 arena for the Conservative MP.

Former Works and Pensions minister and Fareham MP Mark Hoban, 50, had a £2,500 one-week long fact-finding trip to Israel and the West Bank with his wife.

The bill for his trip during November last year was paid by Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), a campaign group founded to support Israel and promote Conservativism.

Six months later, in April this year, the Conservative politician was off on another fact-finding mission, this time to Kenya at a cost of £690 with the bill collected by the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD).

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Neither politician responded when contacted by the Daily Echo but both mentioned the gifts on the Register of Interests in accordance with the regulations.

Fellow Conservative MPs Caroline Dineage, from Gosport, Julian Lewis, from New Forest East, Caroline Nokes, from Romsey and Southampton North, George Hollingbery, from Meon Valley, and Desmond Swayne, from New Forest West have not lodged details of any gifts.

No presents have been claimed by Labour MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead, of Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test respectively, or Eastleigh Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton.

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11:36am Tue 8 Jul 14

Dasal says...

On a higher scale I know, but - is this any different to tipping say a taxi driver or waitress for services rendered?
and..............at least their coming clean about it.

Having said that, do I agree with it? - NO !!
On a higher scale I know, but - is this any different to tipping say a taxi driver or waitress for services rendered? and..............at least their coming clean about it. Having said that, do I agree with it? - NO !! Dasal
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Subject48 says...

look at that smile.. It says: yeah im a C&^T! what can you do about it. Give me your money and get back to work little worker sheep...
look at that smile.. It says: yeah im a C&^T! what can you do about it. Give me your money and get back to work little worker sheep... Subject48
  • Score: 5

12:58pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Lockssmart says...

Never liked Hoban. Too slimey. Makes a change from a bog brush.
Never liked Hoban. Too slimey. Makes a change from a bog brush. Lockssmart
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

Surely MP's who are in a position of trust should not be allowed to receive 'gifts'.

Even Police Officers have to refuse gifts as it could be considered a bribe.

One rule for them at the top and another for those on the front line who keep these people safe!
Surely MP's who are in a position of trust should not be allowed to receive 'gifts'. Even Police Officers have to refuse gifts as it could be considered a bribe. One rule for them at the top and another for those on the front line who keep these people safe! IronLady2010
  • Score: 10

1:53pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Woolston ollie says...

He even looks like a smarmy b@stard, out for what they can get the lot of them
He even looks like a smarmy b@stard, out for what they can get the lot of them Woolston ollie
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Tue 8 Jul 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Surely MP's who are in a position of trust should not be allowed to receive 'gifts'.

Even Police Officers have to refuse gifts as it could be considered a bribe.

One rule for them at the top and another for those on the front line who keep these people safe!
I agree. I don't have a problem with politicians genuinely visiting foreign countries for fact-finding, but at least one of these two trips looks like a glorified holiday (the Israel one). But pure gifts should simply not be allowed. Why on earth should a politician accept an expensive hospitality package to Glastonbury? I'd like to see him explain to his constituents how they benefit from that.

On a more positive note, 75% of the MPs mentioned in this report - Tories and Labour - accepted no gifts at all. A pity the others didn't follow suit.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Surely MP's who are in a position of trust should not be allowed to receive 'gifts'. Even Police Officers have to refuse gifts as it could be considered a bribe. One rule for them at the top and another for those on the front line who keep these people safe![/p][/quote]I agree. I don't have a problem with politicians genuinely visiting foreign countries for fact-finding, but at least one of these two trips looks like a glorified holiday (the Israel one). But pure gifts should simply not be allowed. Why on earth should a politician accept an expensive hospitality package to Glastonbury? I'd like to see him explain to his constituents how they benefit from that. On a more positive note, 75% of the MPs mentioned in this report - Tories and Labour - accepted no gifts at all. A pity the others didn't follow suit. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 7

4:45pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Spyral says...

"The bill for his trip during November last year was paid by Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), a campaign group founded to support Israel and promote Conservativism."

In otherwords our politicians are actively being courted and paid by Israel, one of the most tyrannical countries out there with an appalling human rights record.
"The bill for his trip during November last year was paid by Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), a campaign group founded to support Israel and promote Conservativism." In otherwords our politicians are actively being courted and paid by Israel, one of the most tyrannical countries out there with an appalling human rights record. Spyral
  • Score: 2

9:05pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Major Ray Cist says...

All at the trough !

He has a face you couldn't tire of slapping, probably fit in well with all the other corporate bankers and Trustafarians at Glastonbury eating olives and chorizo on a stick, drinking pink fizz completely clueless to who is playing and moaning that his Blackberry didn't get reception.

As for the Conservative Friends of Israel they can also do one, we had some into number 47 on the corner of Station road, within a month they had taken over the garden of 49 and the drive of 45 !
All at the trough ! He has a face you couldn't tire of slapping, probably fit in well with all the other corporate bankers and Trustafarians at Glastonbury eating olives and chorizo on a stick, drinking pink fizz completely clueless to who is playing and moaning that his Blackberry didn't get reception. As for the Conservative Friends of Israel they can also do one, we had some into number 47 on the corner of Station road, within a month they had taken over the garden of 49 and the drive of 45 ! Major Ray Cist
  • Score: 1

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