New laws target UK MPs

| 23/06/2009

(BBC): MPs who break the rules could face up to a year in jail under plans for new criminal charges for Parliamentarians. Harriet Harman outlined new offences of making a false expenses claim, failing to register a relevant interestand breaking rules on paid advocacy. She also pledged to "look again" at the issue of blacking out details on MPs’ published expenses claims. Shadow Commons leader Alan Duncan said last week’s heavily edited publication had been an "unmitigated" PR disaster. Ms Harman has been outlining the government’s plans for cleaning up Parliament in the wake of public anger over MPs’ expenses claims.

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