Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Public Fury May Kill MPs' Clock-On Cash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Public Fury May Kill MPs' Clock-On Cash

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Byline: PAUL WAUGH Deputy Political Editor

GORDON BROWN'S plan to give MPs a "clocking-in" allowance was in doubt today after Britain's anti-sleaze boss said the public would not tolerate it.

Sir Christopher Kelly, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, warned that voters would not back any system where politicians were paid without providing receipts.

His remarks, on the day the committee launched its independent review of MPs' expenses, came as David Cameron and Nick Clegg came out firmly against the Prime Minister's proposal for a daily Westminster attendance allowance.

The Tory and Lib-Dem leaders signalled that their parties would vote against Mr Brown's scheme when it is put to a Commons vote next week. With a chunk of Labour backbenchers also unhappy at the plan, the vote is now on a knife-edge.

Sir Christopher said today he was "not surprised" that last night's meeting between Mr

Brown, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg broke up without agreement. …

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