Top Jeremy Corbyn ally demands axing of expenses watchdog

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s senior colleagues sparked fury last night after calling for scrutiny of MPs’ expenses to be scrapped.

Paul Flynn, Shadow Leader of the Commons, said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa)– the watchdog which checks MPs’ receipts – should be abolished.

Instead, all MPs would automatically receive a specific amount of money which they could spend, removing the need for expenses claims.

Paul Flynn said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority was an expensive flop

In the MPs’ expenses scandal, Mr Flynn was found to have claimed £7,052 for a new kitchen, £1,153 for carpets and £1,200 for decoration of his property in London in 2005.

He then sold it and moved to a new £275,000 flat. He was later required to repay more than £2,000 for mortgage interest following the scandal.

Under his new proposals, MPs’ spending would…

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