Following on from Iain Dale’s piece this morning, it would seem that Parliamentary Staff were well aware of the collusion between the Fees Office and MPs on the matter of expenses.
I give you this exchange from a House of Commons Staff Meeting attended by the dignified figure of Chris Bryant, Deputy Leader of our House of Parliament – pictured above.
Question from Floor:[…]We need uniformity. We have to fight for everything and we are sick of it. No automatic up-rating for the cost of living. Many MPs do not even give contracts. CB: That’s incorrect you must have a contract to be employed by the House and paid through fees office.Floor cont’d: That is not my experience. The fees office always help members not staff they always side with the MPs and will use loopholes to get round having contracts or paying what is fair. When I tell people outside what goes on they are disgusted – the employment terms are despicable.
Shortly after this exchange, the Daily Telegraph were able to publish a DVD listing all MPs excesses. Hmmn.