When Will the Penny Drop over All These Pounds Claimed by MPs? BLOG

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Over the recent months, the expenses scandal has meant politicians streaking ahead in the race to become the most despised profession.

But for some, the public reaction to moats, duck houses and nudie films has yet to sink in.

So when new foreign office minister Chris Bryant got in touch with Birmingham University academic Andrew Nickson, he wasn't quite prepared for what he got back.

Here's the email and scabrous reply from the International Development Department member.

Subject: Invitation to reception for new FCO Minister, 7 July 2009 Dear Andrew, I am writing to introduce myself

I am delighted to have been appointed to this position. I have a strong interest in the region, having spent a year of my life living there.

I attach great importance to deepening the relationship between the UK and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

In a more globalised world, such ties will become ever more important - as barriers to trade, cultural engagement and scientific co-operation become easier to overcome. I also believe that the UK, together with our EU partners, must work closely with the region to tackle some of the most serious global problems facing us today - such as climate change, economic development, and reform of international institutions.

Chris Bryant Chris Bryant M.P. Minister for Latin America. Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London And the response:Dear Sir, Why would I want to accept the invitation to meet you? In all, you split more than pounds 92,000 of expenses between three properties in Wales and London in the past five years. …