IPSA watchdog to become Bercow’s poodle?
BBC News, Tuesday 13 November 2012
Four members of the watchdog which polices MPs’ expenses are to stand down after a row with Commons speaker John Bercow. Sources suggested the Speaker’s decision not to back their reappointment as a matter of course, as had been expected, would be seen by some as an attempt to curb their independence. IPSA took over responsibility for policing MPs’ expenses in 2010 after it emerged that a number of MPs had made inappropriate claims under the old system overseen by Parliament and a handful had committed fraud.