May 28, 2009 / 2:57 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX - Casualties of the expenses scandal

LONDON (Reuters) - Two MPs, Conservative Julie Kirkbride and Labour’s Margaret Moran, said on Thursday they would step down at the next election after details about their expenses were published.

They are the latest casualties of a scandal over politicians’ expenses that has angered voters.

The Daily Telegraph has embarrassed all the major parties by publishing how MPs have received thousands of pounds of public money for claims ranging from buying furniture to cleaning swimming pools.

Here are some details on those known to be stepping down:

* House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin is to stand down on June 21 after MPs lost faith in his handling of the expenses crisis. Martin was criticised for opposing transparency on MPs’ expenses and was seen as out of touch with public anger when they were disclosed. Martin became the first Speaker to be forced to resign since 1695.

* Junior Justice Minister Shahid Malik stepped down pending the result of an investigation into allegations he paid below-market rent for a house. The inquiry will look at whether he failed to declare a discounted rent, thereby breaking a ministerial code.

* David Chaytor was suspended by Labour pending an inquiry, after the Daily Telegraph said he claimed 13,000 pounds of taxpayers’ money for a mortgage he had already paid off.

* Labour MP and former Agriculture Minister Elliot Morley was suspended from the party after the Telegraph said he had filed 16,000 pounds of expenses for a mortgage he had already repaid. In a statement to the newspaper, Morley apologised and said he had made a mistake, but did not believe he had committed a criminal offence. He said he had repaid some money. Morley was also suspended from his post as Brown’s envoy on climate change.

* Andrew Mackay, a senior political adviser to Conservative leader David Cameron, resigned his position after a review of his expenses revealed an “unacceptable situation.”

— Mackay had claimed for mortgage interest payments on a London property jointly owned with his wife Julie Kirkbride, another Conservative MP, although she was already claiming for her constituency home. He apologised but said the arrangement had been approved by parliamentary authorities.

* Kirkbride said she would step down at the next election from her Bromsgrove constituency. The Telegraph disclosed she had used public money to build an extension to her constituency flat so that her brother could live there and help look after her son.

* Labour MP Margaret Moran decided to quit at the next election after the Daily Telegraph published details of her allowances. The paper said she had spent 22,500 pounds of taxpayers’ money to treat dry rot at a seaside house she had designated as her second home, 100 miles from her constituency.


* Conservative MP Peter Viggers agreed to retire at the next election after his expenses were revealed by the Telegraph. He had claimed 30,000 pounds for gardening, including 500 pounds for manure and 1,645 pounds on a floating duck island.

* Conservative MP Douglas Hogg, sharply criticised over reports he claimed thousands of pounds for cleaning the moat around his second home, said on May 19 he would step down at the next election.

* Former Labour government minister Ian McCartney said he would be standing down from parliament for health reasons.

— A party spokeswoman said the decision had nothing to do with expenses and McCartney had not been forced to go. But the MP’s move came days after he announced he had voluntarily repaid 15,000 pounds of expenses in 2008 for refurbishing his second home after the rules were tightened.

* Conservatives Anthony Steen and Nicholas and Ann Winterton as well Labour MP Ben Chapman are also stepping down after expenses claims were revealed.

Reporting by Avril Ormsby; Additional Writing and Editing by David Cutler

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