8000 supporters say no to more expenses scandals
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Oct 24, 2012
On Friday, we wrote an open letter to John Bercow, asking him to avoid a return to the bad old days of expenses scandals. We were concerned, because it felt like it was Groundhog Day, with John Bercow looking set to repeat the mistakes of his predecessor by seeking to prevent the disclosure of expenses information about who MPs were renting from.
8,147 of you agreed with us, and co-signed our letter, which we delivered to Parliament today.
The public response from you, our supporters, has been absolutely phenomenal. It indicates a strong public thirst for transparency from our parliament. We don’t want to go back to how it used to be, with important information about how our money is spent being withheld from us. We want MPs to demonstrate that things are different now. We want to know the truth, even if we’re not sure if we’ll like what we find out.
We’re looking forward to seeing a response from John Bercow, and we’ll keep you posted about his reply. In the meantime, we at Unlock Democracy would like to thank everyone who said no to a return to the bad old days. All 8,147 of you.