MPs Voting To Keep Expenses Hidden After All
Back in May 2008, the High Court ruled that MPs were legally bound to publish their expenses under the Freedom Of Information Act. With the clock ticking to the publication deadline, and after spending almost a million pounds of taxpayers’ cash and seven months compiling the data, they are now trying to pass a law that will render all of that worthless and make them exempt from the original High Court ruling.
The announcement of this new vote was snuck out on the quiet last week at the same time as the new Heathrow Terminal story broke. The hastily-timetabled vote is THIS Thursday. Nice, eh?
There’s more info at Parliament-watching website TheyWorkForYou and you can email your MP directly from that site if you feel that you’d like to apply a little bit of polite, friendly pressure. Ask your MP to lend you a fiver and you might get your name mentioned on a register at some point in the future.