10pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Iraq war veteran completes London Marathon despite being told he would never walk again
3.15pm WATCH: David Cameron's reaction to the expenses scandal
- How do we stop Britain being represented by BNP MEPs?
- David Cameron is one of the few politicians to emerge with credit from the expenses scandal
Greg Barker MP is first Tory to be identified by Telegraph's expenses expose
"The shadow climate change minister made £320,000 in just over two years buying and selling a flat in one of London's most exclusive streets that he bought with the help of taxpayer-funded expenses." – Telegraph
Most of The Telegraph's attention focuses on more junior Labour ministers however:
- Phil Woolas: Immigration Minister claimed for women's clothing and panty liners
- Vera Baird: Solicitor General tried to claim cost of Christmas tree and decorations
- Shaun Woodward, millionaire minister, received £100,000 to help pay mortgage
- Michael Martin: Speaker spent £1,400 on chauffeurs to his local job centre and Celtic Park
Simon Heffer's devastating take: "For be in no doubt, we have been imperially ripped off. Things are so bad for one Labour MP that he had to charge a 5p carrier bag to our tab. Another made us pay 45p for his Maltesers. The man-mountain that is John Prescott spent £4,800 on food: the maximum allowed. No wonder he also had to replace his lavatory seat twice. Presumably, he was so famously inarticulate when in office only because English lessons were not chargeable."
MPs call in the police in search for expenses mole
"MPs have been told that there is little chance of securing a prosecution in the hunt for the mole who passed on details of MPs’ expenses, despite the Commons calling in police." – Times
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: The email from the Commons authorities to all MPs
Tories consider giving up independence on pay
"Senior Tories were privately suggesting today that MPs should give up their independence to look after their financial affairs – including pay – and must defer everything to an outside body." – Guardian
Add £30,000 to MPs' salaries and abolish all their expenses – Matthew Parris in The Times
A catastrophe that leaves our democracy in crisis – Steve Richards in The Independent
Brown's car scrappage scheme is unpopular with public – BBC
BNP's attempt to gain first European seat aided by man linked to ANC leader's killer – Guardian
Thousands join Army to escape recession – Times
"Former US President Ronald Reagan feared aliens were planning to invade America, a new book has claimed. He is said to have believed they had been spying on Earth for decades. Mr Reagan, who was President from 1981 to 1989, told a pal he had seen flying saucers three times, said author Darwin Porter. He allegedly added: “I just know it. They’ve selected some desert in the West to make their landing.”" – The Sun
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