A complaint against former Respect MP George Galloway over his use of parliamentary funds has been referred to the police
How anyone can therefore justify that politicians should be entitled to a larger salary is beyond me. Regardless of whether they caused the crash or are fixing the mess, it is outrageous to think they should be awarded a hefty pay rise at this time.
A Conservative MP Said that his 16-month "ordeal" involving the parliamentary expenses watchdog was over. The Independent
I was at the anti-World Cup protest in São Paulo last weekend and one placard in particular caught my eye, asking why half of the government can't be fired and the cash saved used for better schools and hospitals? This is a universal concern.
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...
For the benefit of society and the people they elect it is time some financial humility was attached to office holders. And if MPs still want to get rich they can still publish a book or become a consultant at the end of it all. That is a privilege very few other average professions guarantee.
David Cameron is guilty of engaging in "yah boo" politics for criticising plans to award MPs an 11% pay rise, the chairman
On this subject, as on so many, MPs are damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they say they will take the pay rise they are greedy; if they claim they won't they are not believed. When trust is so low, and respect for their leadership is so lacking, it is hard to persuade anyone that you are sincere. Effective communication becomes impossible.
MPs' pay needs to be raised or there could be a repeat of the expenses scandal, the Parliamentary watchdog has claimed. David
Since MPs' pay has clearly fallen below this level, a one-off increase - combined with a rolling back of the expenses structure - is entirely reasonable. The message this conveys in the current climate may not be perfect, but sometimes substance needs to trump symbolism.
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MPs on the Commons standards committee have criticised plans to change the way MPs are allowed to claim expenses for taxis
A minister's wife has indignantly defended her right to be employed by her husband on a £35,000 taxpayer-funded salary. Eve
Nadine Dorries has implied the Conservative Party conspired with the parliamentary expenses watchdog in order to prevent
The appropriateness of giving MPs a £6000 pay rise at a time of economic stagnation and when a lot of people, especially those in the public sector, are really suffering, will understandably dominate the headlines.
Imagine the public uproar if you accepted a 10% increase a few weeks after a lot of you of you hear-heared in a 1% cap on public sector pay rises. Well fear not, public servants of Britain. I have come up with an innovative solution which will not only rescue you from this awkward quandary, it'll guarantee you re-election and it's essentially altruistic...
A Tory MP who needed a wheelchair after a skiing accident has criticised the parliamentary expenses watchdog for refusing
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The idea that IPSA is floating, pushing out there, running up the pole to see which way the wind is blowing, is not just how much an MP should get for their duties, but also why they should get it. If you have not heard the argument yet, then you may wish to sit down and grip on to something firm.