Speaker close to climbdown over role of new clerk in House of Commons

Speaker close to climbdown over role of new clerk in House of Commons John Bercow announces matter will be considered by panel featuring only MPs as he says he is ‘in the hands of house’.
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MPs dodge expenses rules to get first-class rail travel

Row over expenses widens as 185 members are shown to have claimed for first-class rail tickets despite official guidelinesMore than a quarter of MPs have charged first-class rail travel to the taxpayer in the past year, contrary to parliamentary guidelines that discourage the practice unless it is genuinely cheaper than buying a standard fare.An analysis […]
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John Bercow expected to give up gold-plated pension

Speaker of the Commons to make a statement to MPs as the government publishes its public services pensions billJohn Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is expected to announce on Thursday that he will be the last to give up the special pension for holders of one of the “great offices of state”.The […]
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MPs alarmed at proposal to close Houses of Parliament for repairs

Commons could relocate for up to five years to allow £3bn refurbishment of Palace of WestminsterCommons officials have alarmed MPs by floating plans to relocate parliament for up to five years to allow essential repairs at the historic Palace of Westminster.Under one proposal, the Commons would abandon its Victorian premises and set up temporary home […]
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