Government backs down over MPs expenses

Further to this, Gordon Brown has done a U-turn:

The government has shelved plans to hold a vote on controversial proposals to restrict the amount of information published about MPs’ expenses.

No 10 had insisted it would hold a vote on exempting expenses information from Freedom of Information laws and that Labour MPs would be forced to back it. But the government has now decided to abandon the vote after opposition parties said they would not support it.

This is no doubt in part due to all the people who wrote to their MPs saying this was a terrible idea.

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