PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010
CAREER politicians or just complacent? What is it about our Bromley Conservatives that keeps them so quiet on the expenses issue? Despite their own leader ordering his MPs to come clean with their constituency in order to regain their trust, Bromley boro
CAREER politicians or just complacent? What is it about our Bromley Conservatives that keeps them so quiet on the expenses issue?
Despite their own leader ordering his MPs to come clean with their constituency in order to regain their trust, Bromley borough's Bob Neill, Jacqui Lait and John Horam remain hidden behind a wall of silence.
Does this Tory trio hold voters in such contempt that they refuse to respond to their anger or are they just too complacent in some of the safest blue seats in the South East?
All three of them could be described as career politicians - with 46 years between them in the business.
First you have Bob Neill who came from the London Assembly to Bromley and Chislehurst constituency after scraping a win during the 2006 by-election following the death of Eric Forth.
Said to be one of Mr Cameron's 'A-list' candidates for the race, he only managed to win the rabid battle for votes against the Liberal Democrats with a paltry majority of just over 600.
But that didn't stop the Tory leader from promoting the MP to being Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government just a year later.
As part of his campaign, he promised to buy a house in the constituency - and that he did about a year later.
Little did the taxpayers know they were to foot the bill for his Southend 'family home' as a result of that, claiming a whopping £41,218 in the second home allowance in just two years despite his Chislehurst home being nearer to Westminster.
Beckenham's MP Jacqui Lait has remained in her safe blue seat for 12 years.
As reported in the Times, Mrs Lait has claimed the most compared to her Bromley colleagues citing her marriage to Peter Jones, Leader of East Sussex County Council, as the reason for her massive mileage costs of nearly £7,000 and 'absurd' second home expenses.
When quizzed by the Times she claimed it "didn't matter" how often she stayed in her main home, a mansion in Rye, compared to her Beckenham address.
She said: "My husband is leader of the council in East Sussex and has to live in his constituency. Do you want me to get a divorce?"
Last year, her contempt for her voters was palpable when quizzed on her claims on the 'John Lewis list' for household items.
She said: "It's irrelevant what my constituents pay for things." And later, in January this year, added: "If the public are really keen on knowing how many rolls of toilet roll or light bulbs I buy then that's a bit sad."
Last but not least, there is Orpington MP John Horam, whose 30 years in politics has seen him sit as an MP for three different political parties.
First a Labour MP for Gateshead West from 1970, he switched to the SDP in 1981 before losing his seat in the 1983 election.
Changing his political allegiances for the third time just before the 1987 general election proved to be a good career move as the now Conservative MP won his Orpington seat with a majority of 12,935.
Under the Tories in the 1990s he was appointed a junior minister under John Major before moving to the Cabinet Office and later the Department of Health.
As Orpington MP he seems almost infallible having won the last four consecutive general elections.
All three MPs have enjoyed the benefits of Bromley's Conservative leanings making for a safe London constituency for Tories to prosper.
However, their resounding silence amid increasing anger amongst their voters could mark the start of their downfall.
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