Two more MPs in Britain quit over expenses scandals 2009-05-29 00:27:05   Print

    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 Office.

    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 scandals.

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.
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    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 story

British 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

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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