Local MP slams latest expenses scandal

Local Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards has said the latest expenses scandal involving Culture Secretary Maria Miller MP has highlighted how the Westminster elite is still out of touch with the people they are meant to represent.

The UK Secretary of State for Culture has been embroiled in a media frenzy this week after the independent Parliamentary Standards Commissioner found the Conservative MP for Basingstoke had over-claimed £45,000 in expenses.

But instead of having to pay this back to the public purse, a House of Commons Standards Committee – made up of fellow MPs – ordered the Culture Secretary to pay back just £5,800.

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards reacted angrily to the decision and said the Westminster elite politicians had learned nothing from the expenses scandal of 2009.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, Jonathan Edwards, who has one of the lowest expenses record in all of Wales said:

“When the people of Carmarthenshire put their confidence in me and elected me to be their representative following the damaging expenses scandal of 2009, I was sure I would be going to a new Parliament with a sense of integrity restored. Unfortunately it seems the Westminster elite has learned nothing from the past.

“What is becoming increasingly clear is that these politicians are completely out of touch with the people they are meant to represent. As is the case in many walks of life – there’s one rule for those at the top, and another for everyone else.

“As a Member of Parliament conscious about maintaining the lowest expenses I can, I believe these sorts of episodes undermine confidence in politics and politicians in general.

“My role in Parliament is to do all I can to improve the lives of the people I’m elected to represent. It seems the only way to stop these scandals happening in the future is to move to an allowance-based system and scrap MP expenses once and for all.”

ENDS

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