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IPSA debate

Deputy Commons Leader Barbara Keeley led a debate on the composition of the newly created Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), which was established in response to the expenses scandal that broke in summer 2009.

Conservative MP Christopher Chope had tabled an amendment calling for one of the members of IPSA to be removed, which was moved in his absence by fellow Tory Nicholas Winterton on 2 December 2009.

But Liberal Democrat MP David Heath brought the debate to an early close by tabling a little-known parliamentary device "that the motion be not now put", meaning that MPs were forced to decide whether to agree with the original membership - or leave the debate until another day.

They opted to give the green light to IPSA - with the composition of the body as originally proposed.


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