Cabinet couple under investigation over expenses – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Parliamentary authorities have halted part of a major overhaul of MPs’ expenses because of an investigation by parliament’s sleaze watchdog into cabinet ministers Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper, it emerged today.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2008

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End of the John Lewis list as MPs’ expenses slashed – The Times

Posted June 25th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs will be banned from buying furniture, installing new kitchens or buying televisions on expenses but will be given a £4,200 a year subsistence allowance which can be claimed without receipts.”

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The Times, 25th June 2008

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Report set to recommend stricter checks on MPs’ expenses – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs’ expenses claims could be subject to stricter checks under plans to reform the system for parliamentary allowances being published this morning.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2008

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Standards watchdog to investigate Spelman over nanny claims – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Caroline Spelman is to face an official inquiry by parliament’s sleaze watchdog into expenses claims in relation to her nanny, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 17th June 2008

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Freedom Of Information: MPs reach end of road in battle over secret expenses – The Independent

Posted May 23rd, 2008 in expenses, freedom of information, parliament, special report by sally

“A request to see MPs’ expenses seemed innocuous enough. But, says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, the Commons authorities decided to fight it tooth and nail.”

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The Independent, 23rd May 2008

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Corporate Officer of the House of Commons v Information Commissioner and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted May 22nd, 2008 in disclosure, expenses, freedom of information, law reports, parliament by sally

Corporate Officer of the House of Commons v Information Commissioner and Others

Queen’s Bench Division

“Shortcomings in transparency and accountability in the system of paying additional costs allowances to Members of Parliament justified full disclosure of detailed information concerning those payments of their residential expenses.”

The Times, 22nd May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Corporate Officer of the House of Commons v Information Commissioner and others – WLR Daily

Posted May 20th, 2008 in expenses, freedom of information, law reports, parliament by sally

Corporate Officer of the House of Commons v Information Commissioner and others [2008] EWHC 1084 (Admin); [2008] WLR (D) 155

“The obligation to provide information for disclosure pursuant to s 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 was distinct from and not limited by the obligation to provide information for disclosure in a publication scheme pursuant to s 19 of that Act. Members of Parliament could not expect to contract out of compliance with the freedom of information legislation nor expect the House of Commons, for its own purposes, to suspend or dispense with legislation without expressly amending or repealing it. Details of a member’s residential address did not benefit from exemption under s40 of the 2000 Act and disclosure was justified in accordance with para 6(1) of Schedule 2 to the Data Protection Act 1998 where it was ordered as part of a disclosure of information concerning a deeply flawed system of payment of members’ expenses.”

WLR Daily, 19th May 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Speaker ends attempt to gag MPs’ expenses – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Michael Martin, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has abandoned a legal bid, costing taxpayers £150,000, to keep secret a detailed breakdown of MPs’ expenses.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2008

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MPs’ expenses: extracts from the judgment – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Extracts from the high court judgment today ordering the publication of full details of the expenses claimed by 14 MPs and ex-MPs relating to their second homes.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2008

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MPs lose legal fight to keep expenses secret – The Independent

Posted May 16th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“The House of Commons has lost its High Court battle over an information watchdog’s decision to force disclosure of MPs’ expenses.”

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The Independent, 16th May 2008

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Court to rule on disclosure of MPs’ expenses – The Independent

Posted May 16th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“The High Court will rule today on whether the House of Commons has won its bid to overturn an information watchdog’s decision to force disclosure of MPs’ expenses.”

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The Independent, 16th May 2008

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Detective charged over credit card misuse – The Independent

Posted May 9th, 2008 in expenses, misfeasance in public office, news, police by sally

“A second Metropolitan Police officer has been charged in connection with an investigation into the alleged misuse of corporate credit cards.”

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The Independent, 9th May 2008

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Anti-sleaze watchdog attacks MPs for high court appeal – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“The legal bid by the House of Commons to keep the publication of MPs’ expenses under wraps suggests they have something to hide, Whitehall’s anti-sleaze watchdog said today.”

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The Guardian, 11th April 2008

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Crisis Lords meetings over sleaze allegations – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2008 in corruption, expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Crisis meetings are to take place in the House of Lords today over a series of sleaze allegations against peers, the Guardian can disclose. These include accusations that cash has been taken from lobbyists, passes handed out to commercial interests and expenses improperly claimed.”

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The Guardian, 31st March 2008

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Speaker of the House Michael Martin turns to High Court to shield MPs’ expenses details – The Times

Posted March 26th, 2008 in expenses, freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“The Speaker of the House of Commons yesterday took to the High Court the fight to stop details of MPs’ expenses being disclosed, despite receiving legal advice that he is pursuing a case that he cannot win.”

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The Times, 26th March 2008

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Commons clamps down on MPs’ expenses – The Guardian

Posted March 11th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs will have to submit receipts when they claim office expenses worth more than £25 per item, it was announced today.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2008

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Watchdog tells police not to investigate Conway – The Guardian

Posted February 29th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Parliament’s standards watchdog does not want the police to investigate the Derek Conway affair, it was confirmed today.”

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The Guardian, 29th February 2008

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Met chief intervenes over Conway payments – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Parliament’s standards watchdog has been asked to consider whether the Derek Conway case should be referred to Scotland Yard.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2008

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Parliamentary watchdog will not investigate MPs’ expenses – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2008 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“The Westminster sleaze watchdog will not conduct an independent inquiry of MPs’ expenses for fear of duplicating an internal review headed by the Commons Speaker, it was revealed today.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

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Information tribunal rules that MPs should disclose details of expenses for second homes – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in disclosure, expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs have lost a battle to block the detailed disclosure of expenses covering their second homes, power and telephone bills, and the furniture they buy. The decision is a serious blow to Jack Straw, the justice secretary and former leader of the house, who with the Speaker, Michael Martin, tried to stop the public getting additional information on MPs’ expenses under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk