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Galloway slams secrecy veil over MPs expenses

PUBLISHED: 15:12 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

MP George Galloway is backing calls to remove the cloak of secrecy over Parliamentary expenses. His comments come after a last-ditch bid by MPs to block details being published over their second homes. He says the public has a right to know how its cash is being spent

MP George Galloway is backing calls to remove the cloak of secrecy over Parliamentary expenses.

His comments come after a last-ditch bid by MPs to block details being published over their second homes.

The Bethnal Green & Bow MP said: "The public has every right to know how its money is being spent.

"That's why I wrote to the Commons' authorities two months ago to say that legal action to preserve the secrecy over expenses should not take place in my name. The Commons' authorities duly took note."

He added: "It so happens I don't draw the allowance that is now notorious for the purchase of goods from the so-called 'John Lewis' list.

"There can be legitimate expenses to serve constituents, but £750 of public money to buy a telly cannot possibly be one of them."

MPs must be fully accountable for their finances, Galloway insists, if Parliament wants to regain its standing in the public eye.

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