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It looks very much like Cash for Conways was not an isolated incident.

The Telegraph is reporting that more than fifty MPs have laid off staff since our Derek was sent down. Meanwhile, Guido has noted that most of Labour MP Tom Watson's family seem to be suckling on the public teat. Watson pays his wife as an assistant, but it's even better than that:

Like her husband, [Mrs Watson] also works for [Euro MP Michael] Cashman and for Wolverhampton Labour MP Pat McFadden, yet still finds time to be a Labour councillor in Sandwell.

And the political classes are rushing to destroy the evidence. According to the Telegraph article, it was alleged yesterday that Speaker Michael Martin has permitted the shredding of MPs expense claims prior to 2005. 

As these expense claims form part of the MPs' remuneration, isn't this illegal

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