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The Countess of Wessex has been criticised for accepting a gift of jewellery from Bahrain's royal family amid continuing reports of human rights abuses under the regime. Former Foreign Office Minister Denis MacShane has said the gifts should be sold to raise money for the victims of the unrest.
Ministers have rejected all suggestions made by members of the public on the internet over where there should be spending cuts. Labour MP Denis MacShane has described the exercise as "PR gimmickry of the worst sort".
Labour MP Denis MacShane and Conservative MP Michael Fabricant have written to the Daily Telegraph criticising the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Mr MacShane said he had "thousands of pounds of unpaid bills since May 6 as the new system simply does not work".
Former Labour minister Elliot Morley has pleaded guilty to dishonestly claiming over £30,000 in expenses. Former Labour minister Denis MacShane's expenses claims are also under scrutiny, after it emerged he put a notebook computer on expenses a month after being reported to the police for claiming for eight laptops in three years.
MPs repeatedly swore at staff from IPSA, a freedom of information request by the Evening Standards has revealed. The paper reports that MPs called staff "monkeys" and "f*****g idiots". The one MP to be named, Labour's Denis MacShane, said the account of events was "partial".
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