Ten years on from the expenses scandal the Mirror reveals 160 politicians raked in profits selling properties public money helped fund
'Campaigners last night demanded MPs who pocketed vast sums after flogging their taxpayer-subsidised homes pay back the cash.
On the 10th anniversary of the Westminster expenses scandal that shocked Britain, the Mirror can reveal 160 politicians raked in more than £42million in profits selling properties public money helped fund.
Among them are Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who made £870,000 on two homes, ex-Cabinet minister Maria Miller, who collected more than £1.2million, Tory Graham Brady and Labour ’s Hugh Bayley.
These are the properties on which politicians reclaimed thousands of pounds in mortgage interest payments at public expense under the discredited old expenses system.
Under parliamentary rules they are entitled to keep the money. But with trust in politicians still low after the expenses scandal and the ongoing Brexit shambles, critics insist if MPs want to regain trust they should hand the money to the Treasury.
Former chairman of the Committee of Standards in Public Life, Sir Alistair Graham, said: “People should not be making a profit. It was there to help them meet their public responsibilities. You should not be profiting out of special taxpayer funds.
“You should repay any gain you made over that period.
“The arrangement was made purely to take into account MPs who came from the North who would struggle to meet the housing costs.
"It would need to be carefully calculated but Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has done this before and they can do it again. I don’t think anything will restore trust, it’s at such a low ebb, but it’s the right thing to do.”'
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