Mps Expenses

'The Stoning of Maria M': The Urgent Requirement for Internal Systems Innovation in Parliament

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

I have to say that I felt dreadfully sorry for Maria Miller during the recent vicious public 'stoning' over her expenses.

Most People Think Politicians Are All Liars

PA | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics

Trust in town halls is almost twice as high as in Parliament but most voters believe politicians at all levels in England are liars, research has foun...

Prime Minister's Handling of Maria Miller Scandal Is Like a Sunday Night TV Drama

Phil Hall | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Hall

With barely a voting slip between the two main parties, honesty is going to be the subject in the minds of most of the electorate come the General Election next year. Just who do the public trust most at a time when the popularity of politicians is at an all-time low?

Dave Needs a Good Scrub With a Hard Brush

David Mellor | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
David Mellor

People today should be talking about the IMF declaring this morning that Britain's projected growth rate will be the highest in the G7. But through crass ineptitude Dave has ensured all people will be talking about today is a dodgy dealing cabinet minister and Dave's double standards. This is gold dust for Nigel Farage...

Maria Miller Reminds Us That Corruption Is Not the Exception It Is the Rule in Britain

John Wight | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

For a country whose political leaders, intelligentsia, and media commentators have made a habit of pointing the finger at governments, countries, and political systems around the world, adjudging them to be corrupt and morally deficient, the scale of the hypocrisy in this regard is truly astounding.

Would Maria Miller Have Been Sacked If She Was A Man?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

A Conservative backbencher has told The Huffington Post UK that if Maria Miller was a man she would have been sacked. The unnamed MP is one of a gr...

Ned Simons

Miller Expenses Row A 'Plague' On Conservative Party, Cameron Warned

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

Maria Miller appears increasingly isolated within the Conservative Party this morning amid the ongoing row over her expenses claims. David Cameron ...

Bercow Helps Minister Dodge Commons Expenses Questions

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics

John Bercow saved a government minister from being dragged to the Commons to defend culture secretaty Maria Miller's expenses claims on Monday, after ...

Maria Miller 'Paid No Capital Gains Tax' On Redesignated Wimbledon Home

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics

Fresh questions have been raised about the expenses claims of beleaguered Culture Secretary Maria Miller, as it was reported that she stopped claiming...

Maria Miller Should Be Sacked From Cabinet Says Poll

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics

Pressure on embattled Culture Secretary Maria Miller has been ramped up by a poll suggesting a large majority of voters think she should be dropped fr...

No.10 Denies Threatening Newspaper Over Maria Miller Expenses Story

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's director of communications has denied threatening The Daily Telegraph with the spectre of press regulation in an attempt to suppress a...

Culture Secretary Forced To Apologise Over Expenses

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics

Culture secretary Maria Miller has been ordered by the cross-party Commons Standards Committee to repay £5,800 in overclaimed mortgage expenses. I...

Tory MP Says His Expenses 'Ordeal' Now Over

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics

A Conservative MP Said that his 16-month "ordeal" involving the parliamentary expenses watchdog was over. The Independent Parliamentary Standards A...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Sleepwalking Into A National Security Crisis On Climate Change'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 16 February 2014... 1) 'SLEEPWALKING INTO A NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS ON CLIMATE CHANGE' We'v...

MP Pay Rise of 11%? That's Cheap!

Matt Lacey | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Lacey

If MPs are against the pay increase, they can stop it; after all, they set up IPSA in the first place. If they're not, and I suspect many of them actually tacitly support getting more money (and on a human level, wouldn't you?), they need to say so. And they need to justify it. Needing to do so could be the best stimulus for reform of how money is influencing politics at the moment.

New Benefit Fraud Campaign Is Launched

Stef Benstead | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Today the government launched its most recent benefit fraud campaign. They've had these before and it's unclear what effect they had. Did they result in more calls to the benefit fraud hotline? Does more calls mean more detection of fraud, or more unnecessary fraud investigations?

In Praise of Denis MacShane, Modern Politics' Tragic Hero

Alan Wager | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wager

It was the tabloid's reaction, along with senior Tory MPs, to Vince Cable's evocation of Enoch Powell in bemoaning the current immigration panic that was inconsistent and fragmented- both accepting the negative connotations of Powell, while pursuing his modern equivalent. It also showed why Denis MacShane will be missed in public office...

Denis MacShane Jailed for Six Months Over Bogus Expenses

PA | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Politics

Disgraced former Labour minister Denis MacShane has been sentenced to six months at the Old Bailey after admitting making bogus expense claims amounti...

Peer Defends £300 'Clock-In' Cash Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

A peer jailed for expenses fraud has defended regularly "clocking in" to claim a £300 daily attendance allowance despite spending less than 40 minute...

Ned Simons

Peers Told To Back Plan To Strip Expense Cheats Of Allowances

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Peers have been told to back measures that would allow expenses cheats to be banned from claiming allowances once they return to parliament following ...

Cameron Guilty Of 'Yah Boo' Politics For Opposing MPs' Pay Rise

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron is guilty of engaging in "yah boo" politics for criticising plans to award MPs an 11% pay rise, the chairman of the body that sets polit...

Be a Better MP and You Can Have Your Money

Richard Wilson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Wilson

I am happy to pay an extra £7,600 to our politicians, indeed I would jump at the chance, but only on the condition that MPs double their efforts to enter the twenty first century and inject new life into our local democracies.

Tory MP Claims £6,000 In London Hotel Stays

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.12.2013 | UK Politics

Tory minister Andrew Lansley has reportedly claimed £6,000 in London hotel bills despite the fact he owns a home in the capital just one mile away fr...

Denis MacShane Pleads Guilty To Expenses Charges

PA | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane today pleaded guilty to making nearly £13,000 of bogus expenses claims. The ex-MP admitted false accounting ...

Jailed Peers Continue To Claim Parliamentary Expenses

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

Two peers who spent time behind bars for fiddling their expenses continue to claim the maximum parliamentary allowances permitted, the figures for Jun...