Clean bill of health for Malcolm Moss following Parliamentary Legg inquiry into expenses
MP Malcolm Moss has received a clean bill of health from the Legg inquiry into Parliamentary expenses. Mr Moss, the MP for NE Cambs, published a copy of the letter he had received from Sir Thomas Legg on his return to Parliament on Monday. Sir Thomas told
MP Malcolm Moss has received a clean bill of health from the Legg inquiry into Parliamentary expenses.
Mr Moss, the MP for NE Cambs, published a copy of the letter he had received from Sir Thomas Legg on his return to Parliament on Monday.
Sir Thomas told Mr Moss that having examined his Parliamentary expenses "and in the light of my interpretation of the rules and standards in force at the time" he had discovered no payments which had been incorrectly claimed or paid.
Sir Thomas added that he had not identified any payments made to Mr Moss that would call for any repayment or further supporting evidence.
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"Accordingly my conclusion is that no action is required from you in this matter," the letter added.
Mr Moss, currently on a fact finding mission to Sweden with the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said: "At the end of the day the rules are there and I interpreted them as I understood them. If you stay tight, you couldn't possibly stray."
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The MP said he felt some of his colleagues got into difficulty over what he felt were "grey" areas such as gardening and maintenance.
"I think some of the rules were ambiguous," said Mr Moss. "I think this whole thing could have been sorted out a long while ago if we had supported more transparency."
Mr Moss felt Sir Thomas had set his own arbitrary limit on what were reasonable expenses and it was this which was causing consternation at Westminster.
"No one set a limit in the old days," said Mr Moss.
Many other MPs have been told to repay money and Tory Party Leader David Cameron insists those don't cannot stand for the Conservatives at the next election.
As many as 500 MPs have been either asked to make repayments or to provide further evidence to support their claims.