Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

12/05/09 MP Rosie comments on Parliamentary Allowances

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“MPs should be subject to proper scrutiny when it comes to Parliamentary Allowances. I fully accept the current arrangements are far from perfect and are not open and transparent enough. There needs to be root and branch reform of the expenses system."

“I make my summary allowance expenditure available on my website. In the next few weeks I will check through the receipts to ensure they are correct for full disclosure at the earliest practicable opportunity."

“As all my time is directed at representing the people of West Lancashire I do not have a second job nor do I employ any family members."

“I believe all my staff should be here in the constituency which means that I use my allowances to provide a fully-staffed constituency office that is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. As well as salaries the allowance covers the costs of the office, telephones, photocopying, utility and stationery bills to keep local residents in touch with what I’m doing on their behalf. If I had all my staff in London as many MPs do the majority of these costs would still cost the same but would be paid for directly by Parliament rather than being counted against my personal account as an MP. I believe my constituents deserve a decent local service."

“The Additional Cost Allowance is for a second home, in my case an unmodernised 1930's flat in Westminster and is essential for me to do my job to effectively represent West Lancashire in Parliament. I have never changed the designation of my main home."

“I have said previously that I would be delighted if Parliament could come up with a system where I do not have any direct involvement in the finances. Whatever system Sir Christopher Kelly comes up with should be implemented quickly to help restore public confidence.”

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