The Spectator’s verdict on Conservative Party sleaze

It is especially damaging, then, to learn that Tory MEPs have pressed their noses deep in the European trough … What impresses no one is the conduct of Sir Robert Atkins, an MEP [Conservative] for the north-west … As far as Conservative party chairman Caroline Spelman is concerned, the nature of the secretarial duties supposedly performed by her former nanny during 1997/98 seem to get murkier by the day … A party which will campaign for the next election on tackling Labour’s gross misspending has no room for MPs who waste taxpayers’ money themselves. Any candidate who fails to understand that, or fears that they cannot sustain their lifestyle on an MP’s pay, should step down. [The Spectator]

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