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MPs' 'grievance' over expenses letters

A senior MP has said that said that letters sent to some MPs asking them to pay back part of their expenses claims were "causing some grievance" in the House of Commons.

Sir Stuart Bell, who sits on the Speaker's Commons Estimates Committee which deals with MPs' pay and allowances, said that the letters, containing the interim results of a review of members' individual expense claims for the last five years by Sir Thomas Legg, were marked by "retrospectivity", as Sir Thomas had changed the rules on expenses payments after they were claimed by MPs.

But, speaking on the programme, Sir Stuart added that MPs could raise any issues about the repayment of expenses with Sir Thomas before his final report was published on 9 November but he said that claims that MPs would sue or go to court over the matter were "balderdash".

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