Diary of a Sutton Councillor

MP’s Expenses

At the House of Commons dinner I was chatting to our Sutton & Cheam MP Paul Burstow about the current debate around MP’s Expenses. I was very pleased to learn that although both he and Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton & Wallington, would qualify for the second homes allowance as MPs representing outer London boroughs they had conscientiously decided not to claim it. Their reasoning was that no one else living in these areas would feel that commuting to central London was an unreasonable expectation so neither did they. The regular commute by train also keeps them in touch with the stresses and strains experienced by local people in a way that staying in a luxury central London flat would not.

 

Well done to our MPs for setting the standard by interpreting the substance of the allowance instead of imitating the actions of some members of other parties who are riding the gravy train for everything they can get! It makes me proud to be a Lib Dem!

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April 30, 2009 - Posted by | Opinion

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