(2009) New Labour M.P. Ian Gibson

Ian GIbson, the senior Labour MP, has offered to stand down at the next election over his expense claims after being approached by the Daily Telegraph.

Full details of questionable expenses he has made on a London flat will be disclosed in the newspaper tomorrow.

The MP had published his expenses on his website, but redacted crucial information which has been uncovered by the Daily Telegraph. The information would not have been released under Parliamentary plans to publish details of MPs expenses.

Dr Gibson’s announcement came within hours of another Labour MP, Ben Chapman, announcing that he will also stand down at the next election.

On Monday, the Telegraph disclosed how Mr Chapman had claimed £15,000 of expenses to which he was not entitled.

He confirmed that he would step down in a statement released on Thursday night.

Between December 2002 and October 2003, Mr Chapman deliberately claimed about £15,000 in expenses for interest on a part of the mortgage on his second home that he had already repaid.

He was given permission to do this by an official in the Commons fees office, in an arrangement that internal correspondence suggested was not unique.
Mr Chapman refused to consider paying back any of the money.

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