Took the train to London this morning thinking about today’s Committee on Standards in Public Life Open Meeting – a televised event and launch of our annual report.
I expect the meeting to be packed because the areas we cover are very topical at the moment, particularly MEP/MPs’ allowances, where the Committee has laid down principles for the House of Commons to follow in improving the system. I remember the Committee being set up after the sleaze scandals of the mid 1990s’ that rocked British politics.
At the meeting Chairman Sir Chris Kelly replied to the BBC that the Committee wants to ensure that our guiding principles become practice. We believe we must ensure value for taxpayers and a transparent system.
Further questions followed and I answered questions about electoral fraud and Party funding, where the Committee’s recommendations are waiting for Government action.