Shadow leader of the Commons says sorry for ‘whingeing’

Author: PA

Alan Duncan, the shadow leader of the Commons, was filmed saying that no
capable person would want to enter Parliament in the wake of the MPs’
expenses scandal.

His remarks were secretly recorded by campaigner Heydon Prowse during a visit
to the House of Commons, London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported.

In a statement, Mr Duncan said: “The last thing people want to hear is an MP
whingeing about his pay and conditions.

“It is a huge honour to be an MP and my remarks, although meant in jest, were
completely uncalled for. I apologise for them unreservedly.”

Mr Prowse, the editor of Don’t Panic magazine, was said to have been invited
to the Commons by Mr Duncan after he dug a pound-shaped flower bed in the
MP’s garden in protest at his expenses claims. A video of the stunt became a
hit on YouTube.

In the latest recording, Mr Duncan reportedly says: “No-one who has done
anything in the outside world, or is capable of doing such a thing, will
ever come into this place ever again, the way we are going.”

The MP, who is paying back £4,000 after details of his claiming for gardening
were revealed, went on: “I spend my money on my garden and claim a tiny
fraction based on what is proper. And I could claim the whole bloody lot,
but I don’t.”

When he was asked how much he spent on the garden, he replied: “About £2,000 a
year and this was £1,000 a year on expenses, you know. It’s just, I’m afraid
the world has gone mad.”

Asked why people would no longer want to become MPs, he said: “Basically, it’s
being nationalised, you have to live on rations and are treated like s***.”

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