Skimming through the Legg Report, three issues come to mind:
1. no consideration of property speculation, rental income or any other such abuse arising from tax-payer funded second homes
2. how many MPs have repaid more than even Sir Thomas Legg required
3. how will the electorate know which sitting candidate in the forthcoming General Election has behaved scrupulously throughout, resisting the temptations of a virtual free-for-all under the former Parliamentary Allowances system.
The .pdf version I opened was unsearchable, so extracting data will be labourious to say the least. Back in May 2009, the Labour Party National Executive Committee considered issues arising from the scandal and established an Endorsements Panel which picked off a handful of back-benchers and banned them from standing in the General Election, including the hapless Dr Ian Gibson.
What lingers in my mind is a sense of doubt about whether every candidate standing for Labour in the GE will be able to attest in the court of public opinion to have upheld the highest standards of probity in public life. Our electoral chances must be improved if we can attest to the integrity of every candidate, and resist the temptation to make excuses for sitting members out of a sense of misguided loyalty.