>I was slightly bemused to watch David Cameron talk on BBC Breakfast just now about the legislation that needs to be brought forward from the Kelly Report into MPs’ Expenses.
One of the specific things he mentioned was that MPs shouldn’t be members of two Parliaments, which smacks of breathtaking hypocrisy given that John Lamont, MSP for Roxburgh and Berwickshire is the Conservative candidate for the Westminster seat of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.
If Cameron accepts Kelly’s recommendation, surely he should insist that Lamont either steps down as an MSP now or before the election or resigns as a candidate. You shouldn’t need a law to guide you to doing the right thing – if it’s wrong, it’s wrong, end of story. The tales of MPs making clearly preposterous claims – duck islands, second home maintenance for a home miles away from the constituency, flipping for maximum financial gain, that sort of thing – and justifying it because it was within the rules comes to mind.
Alternatively, privately he maybe thinks that Lamont doesn’t have a chance of winning against hard working local MP Michael Moore so the issue of him actually being in two parliaments isn’t actually going to become a reality.
Either way, it’s a mess for the Tories.