Officers of the Welsh party attempted to persuade me that any reporting of non compliance could have political consequences for the party and may potentially be seen as a disciplinary offence. I have become concerned that the party would rather cover up the issue than deal with it. As a result of this unwarranted pressure, I have resigned from the party in order that I can write to you requesting an investigation. I have no confidence that the party is prepared to bring the regional finances into compliance. Their concerns regarding the potential adverse publicity, given recent press coverage, seems to outweigh the requirement for compliance.
Meanwhile, sleazebusting LibDem MP Norman Baker has been reprimanded by the Standards & Privileges Committee for misuing his allowances. See the report HERE. It concludes: "We agree with the Commissioner that this element of Mr Donovan's complaint should be upheld, and we reiterate that the inclusion of material of a party political nature is not permissible in publications funded from parliamentary allowances." Many MPs (including some of his colleagues) will say it couldn't happen to a nicer man.
Malcolm Bruce was also found guilty of using his allowance for party political purposes and ordered to repay £500. Labour MP Sadiq Khan was also found guilty of a simialr request and ordered to repay £500.