Give taxpayer a say on MPs' expenses

THE old saying "we stand for coal dropping on our heads" comes to mind when you read that our MPs can claim 20p per mile for cycling to work (YEP, December 3).

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh claimed 3 mileage for cycling to work.

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett claimed 20 for the window cleaning of his constituency office. Is he incapable of getting a sponge and doing the job himself?


When questioned about their expenses, the only answer they come up with is the rules allow it. What rules? Who made these rules?

Surely it is up to the independent taxpayer to have a say in these matters. Not a group of friends and MPs themselves.

Colin Cawthray, Elmete Drive, Roundhay

YEP Letters: February 19