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Dundee Liberal Democrats back Nick Clegg on need for MPs' expenses reform

March 24, 2008 8:13 PM

Dundee Liberal Democrats have today (Monday 24th March) backed party leader Nick Clegg MP in calling for an overhaul of the MPs' expenses system after police admitted they could not prosecute Conservative MP Derek Conway.

Mr Conway paid his son almost £40,000 of public funds as a researcher - but could not provide any evidence that he had done any work.

Scotland Yard said it would not be able to pursue the case against Mr Conway due to a "lack of systems in this case to account for MPs' expenses".

Mr Clegg said, "The public have the right to expect that their money is being properly accounted for. The Speaker's review of expenses must provide the basis for fundamental changes to the system of MPs' allowances."

Locally, here in Dundee, LibDem councillor Helen Dick said, "The public expect an accountable, transparent expenses system and the Labour Government should act quickly and decisively on this matter."

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