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Cleaning Up the Mess by Ian Kennedy

Cleaning up the Mess

After the MPs' Expenses Scandal

Ian Kennedy

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Imprint: Biteback Publishing
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
Publication date: 4 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781785904943

Cleaning Up the Mess describe the bullying, the bitterness and the occasional kindnesses he experienced. But above all it shows how a thick skin, courage and a belief that IPSA was doing the right thing kept the show on the road.

3 stars out of 5
2 Jul 2019

"Ian Kennedy’s account of the parliamentary expenses affair is entertaining and perceptive"

Cleaning Up the Mess is his account of setting up and running Ipsa. The idea was that it would be independent of parliament and entirely transparent, freeing MPs once and for all from the embarrassing responsibility for setting their own terms and conditions. In due course, it would also adjudicate on MPs’ pay and pensions. However, despite having overwhelmingly endorsed the concept, once Ipsa was up and running many MPs began to have second thoughts.