The MPs who blocked expenses reform last summer

Last summer an unholy alliance of Labour and Conservative MPs voted to block a series of major reforms to MP expenses, such as requiring receipts for all claims, having outside checks and major changes to the Additional Costs Allowance (ACA).

I commented on Dawn Butler’s role in this yesterday and on looking through the details of the vote it is good to see that all the Liberal Democrat MP voting went through the lobbies in favour of reform. Of course, the bulk of the blame for blocking the reforms must lie with the Labour Party as 146 of their MPs voted to block the reforms but given David Cameron’s strident recent comments, it’s striking to see that seven of his frontbenchers, and 21 MPs in total, voted to block reform when they had the chance. This was enough to see the measure defeated.

The 21 Conservative MPs who voted to block reform were:

David Amess
James Arbuthnot
Henry Bellingham
Brian Binley
John Butterfill
Christopher Chope
John Greenway
Gerald Howarth
Bernard Jenkin
Julie Kirkbride
Eleanor Laing
Andrew MacKay
Anne McIntosh
Andrew Rosindell
Hugo Swire
Sir Peter Tapsell
Angela Watkinson
Ann Widdecombe
David Wilshire
Ann Winterton
Nicholas Winterton

(Source: Public Whip, which also has the list of Lbaour MPs who voted to block reform)

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  • Would there have been any “pairing of MPs” in that vote? My MP Edward Garnier (Con) abstained. But I do not know if he deliberately sat on his hands or paired up with another MP who would have gone through the opposite lobby.

    Another (minor) Commons reform would be to record deliberate abstentions in Hansard

  • Dave Briers 24th May '09 - 6:27pm

    It seems that Ms Kirkbride is determined to try and ride out the storm with some rather luke warm support from David Cemeron.

    Unfortunately, it is not a different claim at all, Mr Cameron. Both husband and wife nave benefitted financially from the false claims and seem to have decided that, rather than pirchase a house in Bracknell, they would merely compensate themselves as they felt appropriate.

    Mr Camercn may think that a 10,000 Tory majority is safe – history may show otherwise and, if he realises this, just watch him drop Ms Kirkbride as quickly as he can.

    We dont need a public opinion – if the couple prefer, the Crown Court would be quite an appropriate way of deciding the matter – I suggest that she would step down first!

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