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May 18 2008   3:43PM GMT

A victory for Heather – and common sense

tobystevens tobystevens Profile: tobystevens

freedom of information

Congratulations to Heather Brooke for her High Court win. Heather has fought the case to force MPs to reveal their expenses, and this should hopefully lead to an overhaul of the Commons’ expenses system.

The attempt to bury MP’s expenses was a thoroughly shameful episode for Parliament, and the fact that public funds were used to defend the case makes it doubly reprehensible. The system needs to change. I’ve never worked for a company that would pay out so much as a penny in expenses without a valid VAT receipt, and there is no reason why our elected representatives should be treated any differently – particularly since it’s our money they’re spending.

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