Ruth Kelly’s golden goodbye

On a homely note if only just – ex-Cabinet minister Ruth Kelly who left her native Limavady at 3, claimed thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money for flood damage to her second home, rather than claim it off her building insurance policy at the time, according to the Telegraph. Is the paper correct in assuming a claim off insurance would have been valid? Ruth was a enthusiastic homemaker at pubic expense, although always well within the annual limit. She will continue to enjoy the benefits her claims after she retires from the Commons at the general election. Although her rise to cabinet was meteoric, her brief career at the top must be rated a disappointment.

  • Pigeon Toes

    “Is the paper correct in assuming a claim off insurance would have been valid?”

    Depends on whether she told them it was her second home. Standard clauses rule out houses which are likely to be left unoccupied for more than 5 weeks at a time .

    It may turn out that she wasn’t properly insured at all, if she did not advise the company it was actually a second home…

    Perhaps Ms Kelly did not want to make a fraudulent claim against the insurance company?

  • LE

    All that money these female MPs have been fleecing and not one of them can bother to use the money wisely and get a decent, non-manly haircut or head to Boots for some makeup…

    Disgusting.

  • Anon

    [i]All that money these female MPs have been fleecing and not one of them can bother to use the money wisely and get a decent, non-manly haircut or head to Boots for some makeup…

    Disgusting.[/i]

    Here, here. That’s the most sensible point I’ve heard made on the state of British politics over the past two weeks.

    To that list, one could add vocal chord reconfiguration: these ZaNu Labour women also talk like men with their big, deep booming voices. Grrrrrr

  • Jimmy Sands

    I’m grappling with the concept of “pubic expense”. What on earth are you suggesting?

  • Rory Carr

    Ah, Ruth Kelly, New labour’s living exemplar of Andy Warhol’s dictum in that she was once hailed as a future Prime Minister, if only for fifteen minutes.

  • daisy

    Why does any discussion of female politicians always turn to how they look?

  • Rory Carr

    Probably, Daisy, in an attempt to deflect discussion away from how goddamn ugly the men all are. Apart from the gorgeous, pouting, multi-millionaire, Alan Duncan of course.

  • Rory Carr

    p.s. I must insist that I have not received any payment for the last sentence above. (Yet, anyway).

  • Pigeon Toes

    So Kelly couldn’t find a insurance policy nor had she claimed for one. That was on Monday
    “H er special adviser Julie Crowley said: “Ruth can’t find any record of an insurance policy that would have covered it and doesn’t seem to have claimed for a policy”

    By yesterday she remembered that, ah yes she did have a insurance policy, but can’t remember why she hadn’t claimed on it.

    “With the passage of time I honestly cannot recall now why I did not claim on the insurance policy and, as I have stated, I do not know if any such claim would have been met in full or part.”

    Ms Kelly said she believed it was unlikely she would have been paid out anyway as many insurance policies have an “unoccupancy clause” and she was away from the home for part of the week.”(????)

    Wonder if someone else had remembered that such insurance is normally a condition of mortgage?

  • Dan Brown

    Teacher told her to.