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Still on the gravy train; Views of the North.

ON Tuesday, a Journal reader was justifiably disgusted that a Tory MP attempted to claim for his electricity charges on one of his properties.

Perhaps people should cast their minds back to late 2010 - 2012 when there was a huge public backlash against MP's expenses. After a lot of furore and prosecutions against miscreant MP's they were being forced by the the Parliamentary regulator to accept very stringent rules on their expenses.

This had to come before Parliament for approval and was described as a Rectivication Bill. The problem was that if there was just one dissenting voice the Bill would be defeated.

MP's were aware they needed someone whiter than white to defeat the Bill. As Snow White was not available step forward my local Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery to shamefully put himself forward as the patsy to defeat the Bill as he had not been a MP in the previous Parliament.

It should be pointed out he had a junior appointment under Harriet Harman, that beacon for equality, but in this case the rights of MP's took precedence over the rest of the electorate.

Perhaps I might be cynical in suggesting that Ian Lavery's priority was to prolong and join in the MP's gravy train. It is now the case that the bill for their expenses has increased.

PETER CURTIS.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2013
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