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: