Posts Tagged “thomas legg”

Lembit wins MPs’ expenses appeal, is now owed £40

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2010

Last week it was Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne has won his appeal against repaying £18,000 of expenses. Now fellow Lib Dem Lembit Opik has also had his appeal against repaying hundreds of pounds in parliamentary expenses allowed by Sir Paul Kennedy, the judge brought in to arbitrate on disputed claims. The BBC reports:
Montgomeryshire MP […]

Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne appeals against decision which would have stopped him buying Taunton home

by Stephen Tall on December 17, 2009

Here’s the statement on Jeremy’s website:
Taunton constituency MP Jeremy Browne is appealing against a decision by the House of Commons ACA Review Team that would have prevented him from buying a home in Taunton with his own money. Instead Sir Thomas Legg’s House of Commons ACA Review Team has requested a repayment of £17,894 in […]

Speaker Bercow tells Nick: no inquiry into MPs’ ‘flipping’ or CGT evasion

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2009

Two weeks ago, Nick Clegg wrote to Sir Thomas Legg – in the wake of Sir Thomas’s decision to recommend MPs repay public money if they had been found to have overclaimed expenses for cleaning and gardening – asking that he examine the most serious allegations levelled against MPs:

… when your inquiry was first announced, […]

Rennard’s expenses clearance: Party needs to learn some lessons in transparency

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

What’s the correct response to the news that Lord (Chris) Rennard has been cleared by the Clerk of the Parliaments of any wrong-doing over his allowances claims? I ask because I think there are some important issues at play here for how we, the Lib Dems, as a party can help restore trust in democracy.
First, […]

The Legg letters: the 24 Lib Dem MPs staying silent

by Stephen Tall on October 17, 2009

All this week, LDV has been compiling a full list of the findings of Sir Thomas Legg’s inquiries into MPs’ expenses as they related to the Lib Dems’ 63 MPs. We are adding to this list as information is received by us or published elsewhere.
We now have information on around two-thirds of the Parliamentary […]

Members of the public who believe Lib Dem MPs behaved worst over expenses? ZERO PER CENT

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2009

PoliticsHome (yes, I’m still reading it, despite everything) published an interesting poll today, taking the temperature of public opinion on MPs’ expenses, post-Legg:
… [the poll] suggests that more than half the population believes the recommendations were ‘not tough enough’, 57% have ‘no sympathy whatsoever’ and 60% are as interested in the story as they ever […]

The Lib Dem Legg letters – the missing 30

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2009

On Tuesday, LDV began compiling a full list of the findings of Sir Thomas Legg’s inquiries into MPs’ expenses as they related to the Lib Dems’ 63 MPs. We are adding to this list as information is received by us or published elsewhere.
We understand the party’s whips office has recommended all Lib Dem MPs […]