Gordon Brown was so in favour of improving expense system that he didn’t show up to vote
Downing Street claimed today that Gordon Brown was “disappointed” that MPs had voted to throw out proposals to overhaul their expenses after the Tories accused the Government of sabotaging the reforms.
Plans for rigorous external audits, a reduction of the threshold of receipts from £25 to zero and a ban on furniture or home improvements were all thrown out by MPs who voted against the plan by a majority of 28.
Gordon Brown’s parliamentary aides Ian Austin and Angela Smith voted against the reforms but the Prime Minister opted not to attend the vote.
“There was a lot of Government business to get through [at Number 10],” a Downing Street spokesman said. “The Prime Minister has always made clear that he is in favour of any move that would enhance transparency.”