Scores of MPs caught up in the Parliamentary expenses scandal will walk away from the Commons with a £30million payday – courtesy of the taxpayer.
Even after being hit in the pocket by returning money falsely claimed in allowances, most of them will end up with a substantial gain.
On the day they receive their final demand to settle their ‘fines’, the MPs will be given golden handshakes of up to £65,000, with the average lump sum being £48,662.
So 72 of the 73 MPs standing down at the Election after being told to return expenses will be left in credit. Some will be £64,000 better off.