MPs Push For Pay Rise After Kelly Report

Although the Kelly Report into MPs expenses was published yesterday some MPs have complained that their £65,000 a year salaries will not be enough to live on.  This is despite the Kelly Report suggesting a crackdown on expenses which the public hoped would bring an end to the MPs gravy train.  The report will reportedly save £12.4 million a year. Sir Christopher’s main reforms...
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Kelly Report: Journalists’ Check List

KELLY REPORT CHECK LIST Are the Kelly Report recommendations tough or weak? The Sunlight Centre has broken down the potential reforms into four categories and 30 potential reforms to enable journalists to judge the toughness of the proposals. Score the report. The check list was compiled by Juliet Samuel, the author of Disinfecting Parliament: The Shadow Kelly...
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Smith Admits Reputation ‘Disgraced’ By Expenses

Jacqui Smith’s appearance on Question Time last night was dominated by expenses.  Much as Nick Griffin’s appearance was dominated the previous week before by a singular issue.  Throughout the programme Ms Smith looked grumpy with the guests and ill at ease with the audience. An audience member asked if ministers embroiled in the expenses scandal should go to the House of Lords. ...
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‘Wife Swap’ In Parliament

The proposed release date of the Kelly Report on the 4th November as reported in the Times and the Telegraph it is likely to ban the employment of family members, something which the Sunlight ‘Disinfecting Parliament’ has already suggested, While many family members work hard for Members, the abuse of this leniency has shown that a prohibition is necessary. A ban on politicians’...
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Lord Rennard Complaint Rejected!

The Sunlight Centre Complaint regarding Lord Renard’s designation of his second home has been turned down by the Clerk of the Parliaments. Peers accused of abusing their expenses have been given the green light to carry on claiming.  They include peers who have been accused of raking in large sums from the taxpayer based on dubious claims about the location of their main address. But now...
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