Crippled Parliamentary Standards Bill becomes Law

Gordon Brown’s face-saving measure to persuade the public that something has been done about the expenses scandal yesterday passed into law.  The shoddy bill, which the Lords criticized as one "drawn up in secrecy" – and for which the government didn’t even consult John Lyon, the Commissioner for Standards – had most of its teeth removed before it was...
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Straw Flounders Before CPSL Committee

The Committee for Standards in Public Life, chaired by Sir Christopher Kelly, today had its last scheduled hearing (though they may recall some witnesses post-recess). Secretary of State Jack Straw was up today, defending the hasty passage of the Parliamentary Standards Bill, which is due to become law next Tuesday if it passes the Commons in its newly amended form. Dr Elizabeth Vallance...
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Lords criticism of expenses reform plan

A House of Lords committee has said that the recent Parliamentary Standards Bill has been drawn up "behind closed doors" and seemed most concerned with "public perception" The government says it is "imperative" that a new independent regulatory body for MPs’ expenses be set up quickly. The Parliamentary Standards Bill cleared its Commons stages last week but...
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