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MPs block details of new expenses for “security” reasons

Expenses scandal: MPs block details of new expenses

John Bercow has written to the expenses regulator warning him not to disclose official documents that show the identities of MPs’ landlords for “security” reasons.

Publication of the names, which was supposed to take place today, would expose the extent to which MPs are exploiting a loophole in the rules that allows politicians to rent their homes to one another. The loophole means that MPs can still effectively build up property nest eggs at taxpayers’ expense, despite official attempts to stop the practice following the expenses scandal.

The MPs’ fight to cover up the landlords’ names emerged after Dr Julian Lewis, a Conservative MP, disclosed in the Commons that freedom of information laws were being used to bring about the release of the information. Read more.

Holly Watt | The Telegraph | 17th October 2012

Ex-Totnes MP seeks London brothels list in Anti-Slavery Day crackdown

A former south Devon MP has asked the Metropolitan Police to hand over the addresses of all known brothels in London, in a bid to help “lift the lid” on human trafficking.

Anthony Steen, former Conservative MP for Totnes and chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation, has submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Met to reveal the location of all 2,103 brothels in the capital, identified in a 2010 report from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

He has also requested details of when they were last raided. Read more.

This is South Devon | 18th October 2012

Welsh police force ordered to release details of its selection process for top cop

A Welsh police force has been ordered to release information on a senior officer’s failed attempt to become its chief constable.

Howard Roberts, formerly Deputy Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, applied for the job as chief constable of Dyfed-Powys in 2008. But the post went instead to Ian Arundale – leaving Mr Roberts with suspicions about the selection process.

Now, a tribunal has upheld his claim under the Freedom of Information Act for information about his failed bid, and ordered Dyfed- Powys Police Authority to give him more information about what happened. Read More s

Wales Online | 18th October 2012

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