Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Not above the Law. Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Not above the Law. Your Say

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BERT Ward (Keep It Out Of The Courts, 28.05.09) writes "in our anger we must take care not to add to the damage already done to our parliamentary system of government, that is why I am opposed to bringing the police in." No doubt that is what the MPs are relying on.

I disagree with Bert, the only further damage to the parliamentary system would be further exposure of more MPs.

We cannot have one law for MPs and another for the masses of people. The cheating MPs thought they would not get caught and were above the law and, in some cases, voted against the exposure of their fraudulent claims.

The mother of all parliaments has lost for many years the trust and respect the people once had. MPs suspected of breaking the law should be prosecuted and, on conviction, immediately lose their seats.

Those who have gone to the line should not be allowed to stand again for parliament. The political parties should play their role by deselecting undesirables. They should be removed from office immediately and not benefit from another year in a well paid position. .

MPs who employ members of their families should be allowed to continue this, with the proviso that the salaries are paid from the MPs' own pocket and not the public purse.

DENNIS LANE, Coulby Newham * * * * * * IN the wake of the MPs' expenses furore we have seen all the political party leaders putting forward suggestions as to how they think Parliament and politics should be reformed.

I think that we the electorate should tell the politicians what reforms we want rather than them telling us what they think would suffice.

What reforms would your readers like to see in politics and parliament? Here are some of mine, in no particular order of importance or priority.

* Fixed term parliaments.

* Reduce number of MPs to say 401.

* A directly elected speaker who would not be an MP or have a vote.

* Minimum age of 35 before becoming eligible to stand for election to become an MP. …

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