The announcement says: "All MPs are currently required to submit their expenses to the House of Commons, but only a selection of items are made public. Our “Right To Know” proposals will provide greater transparency by requiring a much higher level of disclosure. Details to be published will include:
* A comprehensive list of staff, their positions, and in which office they work.Cameron said: “All MPs must understand that the public have a right to know more about the use of parliamentary allowances. We need to show greater transparency and I want the Conservative Party to take sensible steps in this direction.”
* Details of family members employed, including their salary band.
* A breakdown of the 'office running costs' to show what is spent on equipment, office rent, telephones, parliamentary resources unit subscriptions, and other areas.
* A breakdown of the 'cost of staying away from main home' to show whether it is spent on rent, mortgage (interest only), hotels, utilities, maintenance and repairs, council tax or other related expenses.
I wonder if the other two party leaders will follow suit. The only criticism once can reasonably make of this announcement is to question why it only applies to frontbenchers. Could it not be made a precondition of taking the Conservative whip?