Don’t let our MPs conceal their expenses
Members of Parliament will vote on Thursday to change the law in an attempt to keep details of their expenses a secret. The vote comes just days before the publication of their expenses is due to be released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The move will make MPs and peers the only paid public officials who do not have to disclose the full details of their expenses and allowances.
Harriet Harman, leader of the House, is understood to have pressed for the change in the law after being lobbied by the Tory 1922 backbench committee who argued that MPs have already been embarrassed by disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act about their expenses. Scottish MSPs are already required to make a full disclosure.
MPs have argued that tougher rules on how MPs audit their expenses will police MPs. I disagree. My view is that if you have nothing to hide, why try to hide it?