Five MPs are being investigated by police for expenses fraud

Chris Grayling is trying to stop us finding out who they are

There are five MPs who have been referred to the police in the last year for suspected expenses fraud – and yet we’re not allowed to know who they are.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will not name any of the MPs, despite growing public concern.

Critics, including a former standard committee chair, argue constituents have a right to know if their MPs have been accused of doing things wrong.

Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling is trying to push out new rules which will stop MPs names being released if they’ve been accused of expenses fraud.

He said under the Human Rights Act MPs have a right to privacy (an act he planned to scrap in the last parliament when he was justice secretary).

Sir Alistair Graham, the former chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life told the Telegraph: “Constituents have a right to know that there is a possibility that a criminal offence has been committed, even though people are presumed innocent until they are convicted.

He said: “This air of secrecy will erode public trust at a time when public trust is not considered to be very high.”

 

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