Details of British MPs’ expenses have been officially published on the internet although key information such as addresses has been blanked out.
The move comes in the wake of a scandal that has led to the resignation of 11 cabinet ministers. Anyone who wishes can now check the expenses details of any MP on the UK parliament’s website, including the prime minister’s, although some information remains hidden on privacy and security grounds. The publication comes as the scandal claimed another victim with a treasury minister, Kitty Ussher, stepping down on Wednesday after reports she had avoided capital gains tax on the sale of one of her homes. While she denied any wrongdoing, she said she was resigning to save the government any further embarrassement. The Daily Telegraph, the newspaper which revealed the scandal, says it plans to publish an uncensored list on Friday and Saturday to allow the public to draw its own conclusions.