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Parliamentary standards bill ruffles MPs' feathers
‘Chilling’ expenses bill pressures govt

By Alex Stevenson and Ian Dunt More pressure was placed on the government to retreat on the original clauses of the parliamentary standards bill as debate continued in the Commons this afternoon. MPs are debating the bill on its third and final day on the floor of the Commons. Having abandoned plans for a compulsory… Read more »

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Expenses watchdog poses parliamentary privilege risk
Govt in retreat over expenses privilege fear

By Alex Stevenson Attempts to include a code of conduct for MPs in the parliamentary standards bill were dropped last night over fears it could fundamentally undermine Britain’s constitution. Today, Conservative MPs have put down amendments calling for the new criminal offences of knowingly making a false claim for an allowance, failing to register a… Read more »

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