British MPs’ expenses come under the microscope - Macleans.ca

British MPs’ expenses come under the microscope

From swimming pool repairs to tampons, the Daily Telegraph reveals the outrageous—and sometimes downright bizarre—filings

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The Daily Telegraph appears to be in the midst of single-handedly bringing down the entire British parliament. On Friday, the conservative broadsheet began publishing the details of MPs’ secret expense claims—information for which it paid a rumoured six-figure fee—and they are explosive: thousands of pounds to clean out a moat on a country estate, a couple of quid for a Tampax (from a male backbencher), swimming pool repairs. The list is endless, and no party has been spared in the paper’s investigation. Today’s developments: Labour has suspended a former cabinet minister for claiming expenses for a mortgage that never existed, and the senior Parliamentary lieutenant to Tory leader David Cameron has resigned his party role.

Telegraph.co.uk

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