LONDON, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Two more members of the
Parliament from Britain's ruling Labor and Conservative Party have announced
their resignation over the expenses scandals.
Roey Julie Kirkbride and Labor's Margaret Moran will
not stand in the next general election.
To date, 11 MPs have resigned as a result of the
scandals, Sky news reported on Thursday.
Kirkbride followed her husband Andrew MacKay in
stepping down after it emerged that their House of Commons allowances had been
used to simultaneously fund both the homes they lived.
In a letter to Conservative Party leader David
Cameron, Kirkbride wrote "I also want to see the Conservative Party have a great
result in next week's elections, which will lead to a real change at the general
election and you as our prime minister."
She added "I truly understand people's anger about
MPs' expenses, but I have been subject to a barrage of distorted press stories
which I have sought to rebut."
Moran has been under pressure after it was disclosed
that she claimed 22,500 pounds (about 36,000 U.S. dollars) for treating dryrot
at her partner's home, 100 miles from both her constituency and Westminster.
In a statement, she said "It is with great sadness
that I have today informed the general secretary of the Labor Party following
discussion with my family that I intend to stand down as an MP for Luton South
at the next general election."
But she insisted that she had done nothing wrong in
her claim for expenses and had acted on advice from the House of Commons Fees
The expenses scandals have greatly damaged public
confidence in politicians. To regain public trust, both Labor leader Gordon
Brown and Conservative leader David Cameron have been striving hard in an
intense race advocating political reform in the wake of the
Expenses scandal hits Britain's "rising star"
Britain's Justice Minister Shahid Malik speaks to members of the media at his house in Dewsbury, northern England May 15, 2009. Malik is one of a number of MPs to have their expenses scrutinised in the Daily Telegraph, local media reported.
LONDON, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Shahid Malik, one of Labour's rising stars, who has reportedly run up the highest expenses claim of any MP said that he could "sleep easy at night".
The Justice Minister embroiled in the parliamentary expenses scandal has described the claims against him as "a non-story" and insisted he can "sleep easy at night", a Sky News report said on Friday morning. Full storyBritish Justice Minister steps down over expense claims
LONDON, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Justice Minister Shahid Malik stepped down Friday pending an investigation of allegations that he paid below-market rent for a house, according to media reports.
Malik stepped down after The Daily Telegraph revealed that he claimed tens of thousands of pounds from public funds for a second home while paying below-market rent for his main house.Full story
Newspaper: Four British ministers file questionable expense claims
LONDON, May 9 (Xinhua) -- British Tourism Minister Barbara Follett is a multimillionaire but a newspaper reports that didn't stop her from billing the government for private security patrols outside her London home.
The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that Follet was among four ministers who milked the parliamentary expenses system and pushed their claims to the limit. Full story
British Cabinet ministers expenses under scrutiny
LONDON, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The expenses of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Cabinet ministers are facing questions after full details of their claims were published by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
A claim for 6,500 pounds (9,750 U.S. dollars) made by Brown to pay his brother for a cleaner for his Westminster flat caused such a stir that Downing Street had to release a copy of the cleaning contract. Full story