Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Public Administration committee, said of the re-renting scandal:
“There must be no impression that parliamentary expenses are being used as back door funding for political parties.”
Kicked into action, last week IPSA published a list of MPs that rent off their parties or unions.
When IPSA was set up former Labour MP Tony Wright was appointed as the only politician to its board, on account of his seemingly clean expenses. So awkward then that Wright spent the better part of two decades renting an office in “Jennie Lee House” in his constituency. The clue is in the name – Lee was the widow of Nye Bevan and the building is owned by Labour. Always good to have an expert nearby!