“MPs finally get ‘revenge’ nine years after expenses scandal by blocking watchdog’s new job”

Owl wonders how many MPs are over 76 years of age. In 2016 there were 27 of them over 70 (the oldest being 84) and 107 between 60 and 65:


and how many take taxis from their London homes to the House of Commons!

“MPs have finally got “revenge” nine years after the expenses scandal – by blocking their watchdog’s new job.

The Commons voted 77-46 tonight to stop Sir Ian Kennedy, ex-chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, becoming an Electoral Commissioner.

Sir Ian, who led a controversial crackdown on claims after the scandal in 2009, was backed by Theresa May for the £374-a-day role with the elections watchdog.

But 40 Tory and 31 Labour MPs were branded “petty” after leading a revolt against his appointment. HuffPost UK and The Sun quoted anonymous MPs describing the move as “revenge”.

Conservative former minister James Duddridge said he believed Sir Ian was “not a fit and proper person” to serve in the four-year role.

He told the Commons: “This gentleman is 76 now, he’ll be 80 at the end of his term. When he served on a health commission, he claimed £15,000 in taxis from North London to the job.

Whilst our expenses system desperately needed to be reformed, I don’t think there’s a single member of the House that thinks IPSA is a system that is a system lacking in bureaucracy that couldn’t be well reformed.

“I don’t think he did a good job.”

Labour MP John Spellar accused IPSA of “obstructionism”, adding: “Let’s be frank about it.

“Sir Ian Kennedy, many colleagues feel, largely created the dreadful, anti-elected member, vindictive attitude that has permeated so much of IPSA. That has basically taken as its premise that they are there to make life difficult for MPs.”

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said no objections were raised by the leaders of political parties to Sir Ian’s appointment.”