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Learn lesson over expenses scandal, says Essex MP
1:00pm Saturday 27th October 2012 in News
A FRUGAL MP has said politicians must “learn lessons” from public outrage over outlandish expenses claims.
In contrast, the Echo has revealed over the last few days how Conservative colleagues David Amess (Southend West), James Duddridge (Rochford and Southend East) and John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) have recouped nearly twice that amount over the same period, with large sums spent on taxis to and from London, overnight hotels in the capital and trips abroad.
Mr Francois, who was recently made a defence minister in David Cameron’s Government reshuffle, said he had tried to learn from the public backlash which followed the 2009 expenses scandal.
He said: “What happened with Parliamentary expenses in the previous Parliament quite rightly upset many members of the public.
“MPs of all parties, myself included, have attempted to learn lessons from this.
“All of our expenses are now monitored by an independent body to verify anything claimed by an MP in the course of their duties is legitimate.
"As an ex-Shadow Treasury spokesman, I have always been conscious that what we claim is public money and I intend to remain conscious of that in the future.”