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Louisa Compton | 14:10 UK time, Thursday, 28 May 2009

_45835726_kirkbridemoran_226pa.jpg Victoria spoke to the Conservative MP for Bromsgrove, Julie Kirkbride, this morning. She'd faced criticism over her expenses claims and told Victoria that it never crossed her mind she'd done anything wrong and that she hoped she could persuade her constituents that her claims were "acceptable".

Listen to the interview below.

Her defence didn't wash with some of you. This text from Amanda in Berkshire fairly typical:

"My heart bleeds! How dare this woman blame her indiscretions on being a working mother. There are thousands of working mothers who overcome all of the same problems without using Tax payers money to overcome them. This woman is undoing all the hard fought acceptance working mums have gained over the last few decades. Get her off the radio!"

But there was some support:

"I'd have thought proper childcare costs would be a more legitimate claim if we want MP's to do a good job. It's easy to have a go , isn't it? Not outraged.".

Three hours after our interview was broadcast, Julie Kirkbride announced her intention to stand down at the next election. You can read a copy of the letter she sent to David Cameron.

The Labour MP for Luton South, Margaret Moran, also announced her decision to stand down at the next election. The chair of her Constituency Association, Mahmood Hussain, says he "deeply regrets" her decision. But in an interview with us last week he admitted he hadn't been able to speak to her since the story first broke. Listen to the interview below.


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