There was nothing hugely surprising in the Kelly Report. Most of it had been trailed widely last week. Sir Christopher blamed the party leaders for the leak. The main measures included...
* End of mortgage interest relief. All MPs will have to rent in future through a central agency
* Those in outer London will have to commute or stay in hotels for late sittings
* No claims for furniture or food to be allowed. Only utilities.
* Transition period of 5 years
* End of the Communications Allowance
* Redundancy payments for retiring MPs to be reduced to 8 weeks
* Family members to banned from being employed by MPs after 5 years
Kelly also said that MPs' salaries should be looked at by the Senior Salaries Review Body but he had no remit to cover that himself.
I see no possibility of MPs being able to argue against these measures. I do take issue with the family members' provision, even though I have in the past given an undertaking not to employ family members myself if I ever became an MP. I still don't see how they can legally be made redundant. I have no issue with the provisions applying to new MPs, but for those who already hold posts, it is deeply unfair and would not be countenanced in any other walk of life.