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Victim of whispers

I COULDN'T believe my ears at the news that Caroline Spelman had been accused of paying her children's nanny out of parliamentary expenses.

I COULDN'T believe my ears at the news that Caroline Spelman had been accused of paying her children's nanny out of parliamentary expenses.

Now, we've only met half a dozen times, but during those meetings I've come away with the firm impression that in the dirty world of politics, the Meriden MP was a shining example of virtue.

She's comes across as a woman of integrity and honesty and perhaps that has been her undoing.

Let's face it - she's a mother of three who's climbed the greasy pole to the position of chairman of the Conservative Party and throughout it all has successfully carried out her duties as a constituency MP.

Yet the Westminster rumour mill reports that she has few friends amongst her so-called colleagues and patently someone, somewhere doesn't like her - she's certainly outside David Cameron's Old Etonian inner circle.

Mrs Spelman herself has given her account of the matter, a version backed up by the nanny concerned.

The chairman of the Conservative Meriden constituency party, Graham Juniper, has spoken out and publicly said that the accusations against her are preposterous.

I can only echo those comments and trust that the parliamentary investigation she herself has instigated will clear her name.

Ross Crawford ..SUPL:

 

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