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The report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life is a carefully argued document running to over 100 pages and with 60 separate recommendations.

After an initial and very brief study of it, I think there is a very strong probability that the implementation of its conclusions will do much to restore faith in the political process.

Of course, what MPs think of this report is, in any event, largely irrelevant because from now on, and rightly, our pay and expenses will all be set and controlled by outside, independent bodies.

Sir Christopher Kelly's report will be considered carefully by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and it is their conclusions that will determine our future arrangements. Whether they decide to accept his recommendations as they stand, or to modify some of them, all MPs will be bound by them.


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