Voters not the courts should decide whether Ann Keen is doing her job as an MP after being accused of 'laziness'.
That's the verdict of a leading minister, who leapt to the defence of his Labour colleague last week after she became the first MP to be sued for 'laziness'.
D-Day veteran John Taylor (pictured), of Estridge Close, Hounslow, is seeking £15,000 damages from the Brentford & Isleworth representative over claims she ignored his repeated appeals for help.
Mrs Keen was ordered to cough up in December after failing to contest the case within the six-week time limit, but judges overturned the decision and a hearing is now scheduled for April 29.
However, John Spellar MP, Comptroller of Her Majesty's Household, insists the case should never have gone to court.
"MPs of all parties have to deal with cases of varying degrees of merit," he told the Chronicle. "The Commons needs to take this up because there are very often problems for which an MP can offer no remedy. The final judgement on an MP should belong with the electorate at a general election."
Mr Taylor spent three years in Wormwood Scrubs after being convicted of taking part in a office burglary in Parsons Green in July, 1962.
The case against him rested entirely on the fact a safe, containing just £17, was found at the Fulham home of Mr Taylor's friend, where he was staying overnight.
But he denied any involvement in the raid and after a 30 year battle for justice finally had the outcome of the original trial overturned at the Criminal Court of Appeal in 1998.
The 83-year-old retired businessman, whose left leg was badly wounded in Holland during the Second World War, has spent the last decade fighting for compensation from the Home Office.
But ministers have rejected his demands, claiming the conviction was only quashed on the grounds Mr Taylor 'may' not have had a fair trial and there is no evidence to suggest there was a miscarriage of justice.
Mr Taylor claims to have written to Mrs Keen at least 100 times requesting help but says she has done nothing except forward a response from a fellow MP at the Home Office.
"Ann Keen may have been a very good nurse but she's a rotten MP," he told the Chronicle. "It's not about the money; I'm just trying to get her to do her job properly, which she hasn't been doing."
Mrs Keen branded his claims 'ludicrous and extremely offensive', and said she had dealt with nearly 1,500 pieces of casework in the last year alone.
Ann Keen's statement in full
"Claims that I am a 'lazy' MP are ludicrous and extremely offensive to me and my Parliamentary staff - in the last year, I have dealt with nearly 1,500 pieces of casework and I regularly meet individuals and local groups in the constituency.
"I have tried my utmost to help Mr Taylor and this case has been ongoing since I was elected in 1997. As recently as last June, I wrote to him to ask his solicitors to contact me if there was anything further I could do. His solicitors haven't taken me up on my offer.
"As MPs, we take on hundreds of cases each year, and many of them have a successful outcome. I am sorry this has not been the case with Mr Taylor, but I had reached an impasse last summer when I asked his solicitors for further information