British lawmakers in new clash over expenses
LONDON -- Campaigners say British lawmakers are headed for another clash over their expenses _ three years after six legislators were jailed amid revelations that politicians had billed the public for items including an ornamental duck house and pornographic movies.
House of Commons speaker John Bercow sent a letter to the authority responsible for reimbursing lawmakers, asking them not to proceed with plans to disclose the identities of landlords who rent homes to legislators.
He said the disclosures, due Thursday, could expose lawmakers' addresses and cause a security risk. Transparency advocates says withholding the details risks disguising cases where one legislator profits by renting a home to a colleague.
In the 2009 scandal, one of the most damaging revelations was how lawmakers had manipulated housing rules to furnish or upgrade multiple homes.