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Expenses overhaul

Louisa Compton | 14:46 PM, Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Yesterday our programme came from the second home of a Labour MP, and today Gordon Brown says MPs' second homes allowances should be replaced by flat-rate daily Commons attendance expenses.

John Mann, who let us broadcast from the flat he rents in Waterloo, told us that he'd met with a senior Downing Steet official last night to discuss the issues raised by our programme and that "a few hours later the precise things that I have been calling for" was announced by Gordon Brown. He told us he felt our programme had an influence on today's announcement.

Listen to the interview with Victoria below

A Downing Street spokesperson told us:

"John Mann did raise concerns of 5 live listeners with a Downing Street official and they reflected the widespread public concern on this issue.

"The PM has been making clear for many months that he wants MPs' allowances to be more transparent, so people can have confidence in the system. Today's announcement had been planned for some time and the proposals were announced as soon as they were finalised and agreed in Cabinet."


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