Ex-high court judge rules risk of ‘embarrassing’ MPs no reason to withhold information
They were revealed by a Freedom of Information request which the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority tried to block.
The Telegraph reported last night the watchdog feared the “chilling effect” it could have on its relationship with politicians and claimed it could reduce public confidence in the regulatory system.
But it was over-ruled by a former High Court judge who said the risk of “embarrassing” MPs was no reason to keep the information secret.
It mirrors the initial reluctance of parliamentary authorities to release information on MPs’ expenses 10 years ago, when the scandal was uncovered only when it was leaked to the same newspaper.
The release of the credit card data showed MPs are regularly having their credit cards suspended for failing to provide receipts in a timely fashion or claiming for disallowed items, with 377 MPs sanctioned since 2015.
CLAIRE PERRY, THE ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER WHO ATTENDS CABINET, ADMITTED WRONGLY USING HER PARLIAMENTARY CREDIT CARD TO PAY FOR HER AMAZON PRIME SUBSCRIPTION.
Since the 2015 election, 377 MPs have all had their credit cards suspended, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act