30 April 2009

Confusion on MPs’ expenses

Earlier this afternoon Iain Dale posted:

Tory MPs have just been paged to say that there won't be any votes on expenses because the Government has accepted Sir George Young's amendment which seeks to refer everything to the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

I am sure Iain reported what he thought was reliable information.

Later five votes take place and the Government win the them all by large margins.  The changes will be deferred and could be reserved when the CSPL reports later this year.  Confusion reigns.

Picking up on Iain’s point. Did the Government whips spread misinformation that there would not be any votes so Tory MPs would go home, ensuring Brown would win handsomely?

I am all at sea.  Help please.

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