Watchdog launches consultation on MPs’ expenses – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2010 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“A five-week public consultation on the reform of MPs’ expenses was launched today as the new parliamentary expenses watchdog appeared to soften proposals on MPs claiming for second homes and employing family members.”

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The Guardian, 7th January 2010

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New rules for MPs to be outlined – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2010 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Details of how MPs’ expenses will be overhauled are to be outlined as part of a public consultation on changes to the now discredited former system.”

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BBC News, 7th January 2010

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MPs invoke 1689 Bill to avoid prosecution – The Independent

Posted January 4th, 2010 in expenses, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

“Three labour MPs are arguing they cannot be prosecuted over expenses claims because they are protected by parliamentary privilege.”

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The Independent, 4th January 2010

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MPs’ expenses and allowances: legislation announced to implement Kelly recommendations – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 10th, 2009 in expenses, parliament, press releases by sally

“Further legislation will be introduced by the government to implement proposals put forward by Sir Christopher Kelly on the reform of the MPs’ expenses and allowances system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2009

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MPs face fines for abusing expenses – The Independent

Posted December 10th, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs who abuse their expenses face being fined under new proposals to beef up the role of Parliament’s standards watchdog.”

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The Independent, 10th December 2009

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CPS asked to consider charging four parliamentarians over expenses – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament, prosecutions by sally

“Prosecutors have been asked to consider charging four parliamentarians in relation to expenses abuses, Scotland Yard said today.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2009

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Now the expenses spotlight falls on Britain’s judiciary – The Independent

Posted November 23rd, 2009 in expenses, judiciary, news by sally

“Expenses claims by judges and magistrates have risen by £3m in the last two years, according to figures obtained by The Independent under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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The Independent, 23rd November 2009

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MPs to face ‘trial’ if they refuse to repay expenses claims – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 9th, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs who refuse to repay excessive or incorrect expenses claims could be forced to appear in public before a High Court judge to plead their case.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2009

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Former MEP Tom Wise faces jail over expenses fiddle – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 5th, 2009 in expenses, false accounting, fraud, news by sally

“Wise, 61, who first represented Ukip before turning independent, spent a year channelling taxpayers’ cash into a bank account he secretly controlled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2009

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Lawyer will head new body to oversee MPs’ expenses – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 4th, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“Professor Sir Ian Kennedy has not been offered the job, but his appointment was approved by the Speaker’s Committee, the group of senior MPs in charge of selecting the board of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) which will replace the fees office. That clears the way for his name to be put before MPs today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th November 2009

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Suspended sentence for Boris Johnson’s ex-deputy – The Independent

Posted October 7th, 2009 in expenses, news, sentencing by sally

“A former deputy of the London mayor Boris Johnson was handed a suspended jail sentence of 12 weeks today for misusing his expenses.”

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The Independent, 7th October 2009

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MPs with questionable claims to be barred from Lords – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament, peerages & dignities by sally

“MPs with questionable expenses claims will be barred from taking a seat in the House of Lords if they choose to stand down before the election.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

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Parliamentary Standards Act 2009

Posted July 22nd, 2009 in expenses, legislation, parliament, parliamentary privilege by sally

Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Expenses clean-up bill is passed – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament, parliamentary privilege by sally

“A bill aimed at cleaning up Parliament after the MPs’ expenses scandal has become law after getting Royal Assent.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2009

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Jacqui Smith fraud case dropped – BBC News

Posted June 30th, 2009 in expenses, fraud, news, parliament by sally

“Plans for a private prosecution against former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith alleging fraud over her second home expenses claims have been dropped.”

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BBC News, 30th June 2009

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New body to oversee expenses ‘could have chilling effect on MPs’ freedom of speech’ – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2009 in expenses, freedom of expression, news, parliament by sally

“Gordon Brown’s plans to set up an ­independent body to take charge of parliamentary expenses could have a ‘chilling effect’ on MPs’ freedom of speech, the most senior official in the House of Commons warned today.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2009

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MPs’ expenses and allowances: new Parliamentary Standards Bill introduced – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 24th, 2009 in bills, expenses, news, parliament by sally

“The old system of MPs’ self regulation is to end and a new system of robust, independent and transparent statutory regulation will be brought forward in urgent legislation introduced to Parliament today by Harriet Harman and Jack Straw.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd June 2009

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MPs who break tough new rules risk one year in jail – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“MPs who fiddle their expenses in future could face 12 months in jail or an unlimited fine under a crackdown announced last night. A Bill will be rushed through Parliament by next month with all-party support in an attempt to restore public confidence in MPs after it was shattered by the revelations about the allowances system.”

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The Independent, 24th June 2009

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Court official fixed jury selection – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 19th, 2009 in expenses, juries, news by sally

“A court official fixed the selection of jurors to allow her neighbours to sit on the panel and claim £8,000 in expenses.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2009

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MPs’ expenses: attack on MPs by the £21 judges – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 17th, 2009 in expenses, news, parliament by sally

“A group of judges has launched an unprecedented public attack on MPs over their ‘disproportionately large’ expenses.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2009

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