March 14, 2010
Shameful Day for the House of Lords
Sunday Times, The Times
When the history of the parliamentary expenses scandal is told, several names will feature prominently, including David Chaytor, Jim Devine, Elliot Morley and Lord Hanningfield, three MPs and a peer who sat in the dock on Friday charged with theft. One name that should also be on the roll of dishonour is Michael Pownall, clerk of the parliaments. By his actions he has allowed peers who abused expenses to escape legal action.
For months this newspaper has investigated peers who abused the expenses system. They included Baroness Uddin, the first female Muslim peer, who claimed an empty flat in Kent as her main residence while she lived in Tower Hamlets, just four miles from Westminster. Before she bought the two-bedroom flat in Maidstone in 2005, she told the Lords...
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