Paul Flynn, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Welsh Secretary, and ally to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, has come out in support of axing the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. IPSA, set up in light of the MPs’ Expenses Scandal, which saw Members of Parliament claiming for things including moat maintenance, duck ponds, and pornography, as well as remortgaging second homes to make fast cash at the expense of the taxpayer, has complicated the expenses process, Flynn claims, turning it from a “half an hour once a month” task to a mammoth task that takes precious time. On his website he wrote:
“A monthly 30 minute chore was complicated by IPSA into hours of tedious frustrating trawling through a bureaucratic morass of rules that are complex and tedious. IPSA robs MPs and our staff of much of their most precious possession – time.
“There is continuing resentment against unnecessary chores that diminish MPs ability to do their numberless essential tasks.”
Jeremy Corbyn’s office did, however, distance themselves from Flynn’s statement, saying:
“What Paul Flynn has suggested is not Labour party policy.”
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