Friday, April 4, 2008
How Tight Can You Be?
LONDON (Reuters) - Details of the expenses of six leading members of parliament were revealed on Friday and showed that former prime minister Tony Blair claimed 116 pounds for his TV licence. The details were released after a three-year battle by the BBC to make the claims known under freedom of information rules. Michael Martin, the speaker of the House of Commons, had tried to keep the expenses secret. The information was released by Martin to the BBC after the House of Commons authorities decided not to appeal against the Information Commissioner's ruling that they were wrong to withhold the details any longer.