Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tories Caught Cheating Will Be Sacked Says Cameron; Facing a Grilling: Caroline Spelman, Accused of Abusing Public Funds to Pay a Nanny, with David Cameron

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tories Caught Cheating Will Be Sacked Says Cameron; Facing a Grilling: Caroline Spelman, Accused of Abusing Public Funds to Pay a Nanny, with David Cameron

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Byline: JOE MURPHY

DAVID CAMERON today said any Tory MP found cheating on their expenseswill be sacked and could face a police investigation.

The Tory leader pledged to take a tough line after a welter of allegationsagainst Tory MEPs and MPsand a probable investigation into Tory chairman Caroline Spelman.

Challenged about the return of "sleaze" to haunt his party, Mr Cameron saidnobody would be let off the hook. "You saw what happened to Derek Conway," hesaid, referring to the MP whose career is in ruins after he paid his sonsthousands of pounds for non-jobs.

"If someone has done something wrong, they get investigated," he continued. "Ifthey have broken the rules, as far as I'm concerned, I take away the whip. Butif they have broken the law, they face the appropriate consequences." Thespotlight was on Ms Spelman as she met Westminster's ethical watchdog inprivate over allegations that she abused public funds to pay a nanny.

Senior Conservatives are braced for the embarrassment of a full investigationby Standards Commissioner John Lyon into the payments made to Tina Haynes frompublic funds for some months after Ms Spelman arrived in the House of Commonsin 1997.

Ms Spelman insists she did nothing wrong and the payments were only forsecretarial work. But Labour MP John Mann called on her to pay the money backunless she could produce proof that Ms Haynes did a proper job.

Senior Tories, including George Osborne, David Davis and Andrew Mitchell, allbacked Ms Spelman over the weekend.

Hers is not the only case in the spotlight. Shadow trade secretary Alan Duncanis facing allegations that he failed to disclose properly payments from an oilcompany. Five Tory members of the European Parliament have been implicated inalleged scandals, the latest being criticism of former minister Sir RobertAtkins for arranging a publicly-funded trip to New York to coincide with hisson's wedding. The Conservative leader in the European Parliament GilesChichester and chief whip in Brussels Den Dover both stood down last week afterallegations about their expenses.

Mr Cameron aimed to win back the intiative wih a major speech pledging tosupport marriage and the family. …

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