Online Poker to Solve Expenses ScandalsPublished May 25, 2009
InterPoker has invited MPs disgraced by the expenses scandal to win back their money in a special online poker tournament.
InterPoker has invited UK members of parliament to play online poker to win back the money they've been forced to return following the expenses scandal that has rocked Britain.
InterPoker is billing the offer as "one final chance to hold on to the cash," by offering them entrance into a heads-up online poker tournament at www.interpoker.com.
In the last two weeks, The Telegraph newspaper has published expense claims, paid for from the public purse, of over 200 of Britain's 646 lawmakers, prompting a furious reaction from commentators and the public in what has come to be known as the expenses scandal.
Among the MPs invited to play by InterPoker are Communities Secretary Hazel Blears, who has agreed to send a cheque for £13,332 to HM Revenue and Customs for unpaid capital gains tax, and Shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove, who must return £7000 spent on furniture.
InterPoker has also extended a special invitation to Michael Martin, the first Commons Speaker forced to resign in more than three centuries. Martin claimed £1,400 for using chauffeur-driven cars to travel around his constituency including trips to Celtic Park, home of the famous Glasgow Celtic Football Club. InterPoker is offering him the opportunity to win a Celtic season ticket with chauffeur-driven car to each game if he accepts its offer to play in the tournament.
"InterPoker is facilitating a challenge between these disgraced politicians and the public," a spokesman for the company said.
"We're giving them the chance to win back their dignity as well as the cash if they manage to beat the public in a fair fight. We hope that they'll take us up on our offer by visiting the site and registering for these very special online poker tournaments."