UK police to investigate lawmakers' expenses

Officers from Economic and Specialist Crime Command will investigate whether "a small number" of lawmakers and peers misused their expense allowances.

June 19, 2009 22:48
1 minute read.
UK police to investigate lawmakers' expenses

Jacqui Smith 248.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


British police have launched a criminal investigation into expenses claims by several lawmakers, following a scandal that has rocked the country's political establishment. The Metropolitan Police force said Friday that officers from its Economic and Specialist Crime Command would investigate whether "a small number" of lawmakers and peers misused their expense allowances. The force would not disclose the names or political affiliations of the legislators involved. Britain's political system has thrown into turmoil by a scandal over the misuse of lawmakers' expense accounts A month ago a newspaper began publishing leaked details that revealed claims on the public purse for everything from cookies and porn movies to an ornamental duck house. Most damagingly, they revealed that some legislators had manipulated the rules to furnish or upgrade homes, avoid taxes or claim for mortgage payments on home loans that had already been paid off. Revelations over the expenses have led dozens of lawmakers to quit ministerial jobs or announce they'll soon leave Parliament. An outraged British public scolded the country's major political parties by voting in large numbers for fringe groups in recent local and European elections. Parliamentary authorities published their own version of the legislators' claims online Thursday, but with many of the revealing details blacked out. The secrecy - which authorities said was for security reasons - prompted renewed calls for more transparency in politics.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

GAL GADOT as 'Shank' in 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'
November 20, 2018
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and Gal Gadot praised by critics