Three more British members of parliament have agreed to stand down at the next election in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal.
Opposition Tory MP for Bromsgrove, Julie Kirkbride was initially caught up in the row as a result of revelations that her husband and fellow Tory MP Andrew MacKay had named their main home in London as their second home and claimed expenses for it. But despite him quitting last week Julie Kirkbride faced questions about employing her sister as a secretary and allowing her brother to live rent free in her constituency home. Conservative opposition leader David Cameron said: “It was very much her decision we spoke about it this morning, she feels under tremendous pressure and so she decided to stand out from parliament at the next election and of course I respect that decision and I understand why she made that decision.” Ruling Labour Party MP Margaret Moran, the MP for Luton South, had been under pressure after claiming 25,000 euros for dry rot treatment on her second home in Southampton, more than 100 miles from her constituency. She was also criticised for re-mortgaging her second home to fund an extension and claiming for the higher interest payments. Tory MP Christopher Fraser says he will also step down although he denies the decision is connceted to his expense claims. The Daily Telegraph claimed Mr Fraser charged two thosand euros of public money to plant 200 trees in his garden. The MP for South West Norfolk also faced questions over his designation of a house in Dorset as his main home.