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Last Updated: Friday May 15 2009 15:39 GMT

MP quits as cash row continues

Maddy adds up the latest expenses row

After a week of reports about expenses it seems there's more and more anger with politicians and the way they've been spending money.

On Friday a top Labour politician gave up a job in government after newspaper reports about his spending.

Shahid Malik resigned as justice minister after the Daily Telegraph reported he hadn't told bosses about a special financial deal he'd made.

Mr Malik, who is the MP for Dewsbury, said he hasn't broken any rules.

Mr Malik is the latest politician to get in trouble because of reports he's been taking money he shouldn't have.

Some politicians have been suspended, others have said sorry and paid the money back.

YOUR views on the expenses row

But lots of people don't think that's good enough though. It's got to the point where some politicians even got booed on a weekly politics show.

MPs get paid for doing their job, but also get extra cash for things they need to be able to do it properly.

The extra money - expenses - and a national newspaper has been printing details of what MPs wanted it for.

On Thursday another Labour MP, Elliot Morley, was suspended for problems with his expenses. Conservative MP Andrew McKay resigned from his role with the party, although he is still an MP.

BBC political editor explains expenses

The money politicians are paid - both in wages and expenses - comes from the taxes people like your mum and dad pay the government.

The Daily Telegraph has been printing the details of what the politicians have spent their expenses on.

Checking receipts

Examples of some of the things politicians from all three main political parties have been buying with expenses have been published.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown says receipts on MPs' expenses over the past four years will now be checked to make sure every claim is within the rules.

Another idea is to change the rules so politicians can't claim for so many things in the future.

But they'll have to act quickly.

Surveys of potential voters say politicians from all the main parties are becoming less and less popular, which is a real problem as a big election takes place in early June.

It's to select members of the European parliament, and the problems with expenses could see those parties lose a lot of votes.