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MPs in court today

Martin Rosenbaum | 11:31 UK time, Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Today sees the next instalment in the conflict over to what extent information about MPs' expenses should be public knowledge.

The High Court is hearing the appeal from the House of Commons against having to disclose the details of MPs' spending on the additional costs allowance for second homes.

This case revolves around 14 MPs but could set precedents for others, although Sam Coates of the Times writes that the Commons might try to resist any precedent-setting impact and fight other cases from scratch.

Although the Information Commissioner has now decided numerous cases on MPs' expenses, currently there are still another three in the pipeline awaiting decision. According to the Commissioner's office, two of these complaints relate to Dan Norris, Labour MP for Wansdyke, and are still awaiting allocation to a complaints officer, while the other concerns Irene Adams, who was Labour MP for Paisley North until 2005, and is now assigned to a complaints officer.


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