IPSA boss Andrew McDonald to retire on grounds of ill health

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The chief executive of IPSA, the body overseeing MPs' expenses, is to retire on the grounds of ill health.

Fifty-one-year-old Andrew McDonald has been told his cancer is incurable.

He has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease for a number of years.

IPSA chair Sir Ian Kennedy said Mr McDonald had been "been magnificent in leading our small organisation as we introduced major reform in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandal".

"He has led the organisation with aplomb," Sir Ian continued, "facing each challenge with rare skill, insight and leadership and his typical enthusiasm and good humour.

"He will be very greatly missed."

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