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Last Updated: Thursday May 21 2009 12:29 GMT

MP quits after duck island claim

Sir Peter Viggers' had a duck island like this
Sir Peter Viggers had a duck island like this

The row over how MPs spend our money on themselves is rumbling on, with another MP quitting after claiming thousands of pounds for work on his garden.

Conservative MP Sir Peter Viggers' claimed back £30,000, including £1,645 for an island home for his ducks!

Now he's resigning from his job at the request of party leader David Cameron. He may also have to pay some cash back.

Lots of people think all the outrageous revelations about MPs' expenses mean there should be a general election.

That way, they say the public would be able to decide which politicians should be voted out and which can stay in parliament.

Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin
Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin

Earlier in the week, the Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin quit after being criticised for the way he's handled the MPs' expenses scandal.

He's leaving on 21 June after a group of MPs said they didn't have any confidence in his ability to do his job anymore.

As the voice of the House of Commons, lots of politicians think Mr Martin should have done more to show people MPs were sorry about the expenses row.

What are expenses?

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

The expenses row kicked off when a newspaper revealed details of some of the things MPs have been claiming for, including dog food, nappies, cleaning swimming pools and posh TVs.

Lots of people say MPs shouldn't have been paid for some of these things and as a result, some politicians have been suspended, while others have said sorry and paid the money back.