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Introduction
Three Parts
What is Parliament for?
How Does Parliament Work?
Parliament and Government
The Voice of the Nation
Confidence Motions
How Does the Government Organise its Majority -The Whips Overview
Carrots and Sticks used by the Whips
Managing your majority through Parliamentary Private Secretaries
Managing your majority by working with Party Groups
Rebellions
Free Votes in the House of Commons
Parliamentary Reform
Types of MPs - The Constituency Activist
Types of MPs - The Aspiring Minister
Types of MPs- The House of Commons Expert
Types of MPs - The Ideologist
Types of MPs- The Policy Entrepreneur
Controlling the Executive - Introduction
Controlling the Executive by Legislation
Controlling the Executive with Finance
Controlling the Executive through Appointments
Controlling the Executive through Questions
Controlling the Executive through Ministerial Statements
Controlling the Executive with Opposition Debates
Controlling the Executive through Select Committees
What do Backbench MPs do?
Overview of MP Expenses and Interests
Sleaze in British Politics - The 1990s
MPs Expenses Scandal 2009
Parliament- An Exclusive Club
Introduction
Three Parts
What is Parliament for?
How Does Parliament Work?
Parliament and Government
The Voice of the Nation
Confidence Motions
How Does the Government Organise its Majority -The Whips Overview
Carrots and Sticks used by the Whips
Managing your majority through Parliamentary Private Secretaries
Managing your majority by working with Party Groups
Rebellions
Free Votes in the House of Commons
Parliamentary Reform
Types of MPs - The Constituency Activist
Types of MPs - The Aspiring Minister
Types of MPs- The House of Commons Expert
Types of MPs - The Ideologist
Types of MPs- The Policy Entrepreneur
Controlling the Executive - Introduction
Controlling the Executive by Legislation
Controlling the Executive with Finance
Controlling the Executive through Appointments
Controlling the Executive through Questions
Controlling the Executive through Ministerial Statements
Controlling the Executive with Opposition Debates
Controlling the Executive through Select Committees
What do Backbench MPs do?
Overview of MP Expenses and Interests
Sleaze in British Politics - The 1990s
MPs Expenses Scandal 2009
Parliament- An Exclusive Club
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MPs Expenses Scandal 2009

Some MPs had warned that the sorts of claims being made by some MPs would cause problems if made public. 

The new Freedom of Information Act meant that claims and payments would have to be made public and the House of Commons hired extra staff to go through the claims and delete MPs’ credit card and other personal details.  

One of the new staff gave the disc with the details to the Daily Telegraph that began to publish the most embarrassing claims and payments. 

The Fall - Out

The scandal was huge for a number of reasons.

  • It came at a time when the financial crisis was pushing Britain into recession
  • It led to the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Commons
  • A number of MPs lost their seats at the General Election due to outrage from the public
  • It led to the criminal prosecution of a number of MPs
  • It led to the creation of an Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to police the expenses system
  • It affected all political parties and defines how people and politicians react to any other abuses of taxpayers money
  • It impacted the way people feel about the British press and what is in the public interest 
  • It was even turned into a West End Theatre play!
IPSA has replaced the previously lax system but with one that is now very tight and complicated. This has led to complaints from MPs that they have to spend hours filing any expenditure into a hundred different categories and that, as they are effectively running a small business with about three staff, this reduces the time available to do more important things.
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