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Police to interview Hain as a suspect 'within days' over gifts to deputy leadership campaign

Peter Hain will be interviewed as a suspect within days by police investigating secret donations to his deputy leadership campaign.

Inside MPs' Finances

More than 100 MPs employ family members on expenses

Friday, 25 April 2008

More than a hundred MPs – including two cabinet ministers – employ family members as taxpayer-funded assistants, the House of Commons has disclosed. The first official list, published in the wake of the scandal which cost the former Tory MP Derek Conway his political career, showed that MPs of all parties have close relatives on the public payroll. It includes senior figures such as the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, the Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, the Housing minister, Caroline Flint, the shadow Home Secretary, David Davis, and the former Tory leader Michael Howard.

Public 'think Commons has something to hide'

Saturday, 12 April 2008

*The House of Commons's legal challenge to the publication of MPs' expenses suggests they have something to hide, Westminster's anti-sleaze chief said yesterday. Sir Christopher Kelly, the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, described the appeal to the High Court as "unfortunate".

Prescott's grocery bill, and the other expenses that MPs fought to conceal

Saturday, 5 April 2008

The former deputy prime minister John Prescott, renowned for his prodigious appetite, claimed £4,000 for food and groceries in one year from the public purse.

Leading MPs' expenses released

Friday, 4 April 2008

New details of MPs' expenses released today show that former prime minister Tony Blair claimed £116 to pay his TV licence, his successor Gordon Brown claimed £2,000 for cleaning and ex-deputy prime minister John Prescott £4,000 for food over a year.

MPs' allowance climbdown

Friday, 4 April 2008

The door will be opened to the publication of MPs' expenses today when the House of Commons backs down in a row over whether their allowances should remain secret.

MPs' salaries may rise by £24,000

Thursday, 3 April 2008

MPs will vote this summer on whether all or part of their £24,000-a-year "second homes" allowance should be added to their £61,820 annual salary.

Commons Speaker to face inquiry over wife's claims for taxi journeys

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

There were renewed calls last night for the Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin to give up his role of overseeing MPs' expenses, after it was revealed that he is being investigated over allegations that he wrongly claimed public money to pay for taxis for his wife's shopping trips.

Speaker under renewed scrutiny

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Allies of Commons speaker Michael Martin rallied to his defence yesterday as he came under renewed scrutiny over the amounts of taxpayers' money used to refurbish his official residence. Anti-sleaze campaigners returned to the attack on Mr Martin after it emerged £1.7m had been spent on refurbishing his home and garden since 2001.

MPs try to block expenses details

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The Speaker of the Commons has lodged an appeal in the High Court to stop details of MPs' personal expenses and the addresses of their second homes being disclosed to the public.

Expenses disclosure battle headed for High Court

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

The battle over MPs' expenses claims was heading for the High Court today after the House of Commons launched a late attempt to avoid disclosure.

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