MPs 'abused staff over expenses changes'

Several MPs have verbally abused expenses watchdog staff, with one calling the new system an "abortion", official documents suggest.

One politician caused an Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) volunteer to cry, later buying chocolates to apologise, it is alleged.

Another reportedly described the body - set up to deal with MPs' expenses after last year's scandal - as "nutty".

IPSA has published the revelations after a Freedom of Information request.

The revised expenses system has come in for severe criticism, with many politicians claiming it is too bureaucratic and time-consuming.

There have also been reports of MPs abusing IPSA staff as they attempt to come to grips with its intricacies.

The document, outlining the details of complaints made by workers, contains several instances of swearing and intimidation.

The male MP who allegedly called the new system an "abortion" went on to describe Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA's chairman, as "stupid".

Another, who was told he had to take part in an induction session to learn the workings of the system, is reported to have "struck a laptop on the facilitator's desk and loomed over the facilitator in an intimidating manner".

In another recorded incident, trainers and all IPSA staff were referred to as "monkey" by one female MP.

One MP is said to have grabbed a trainer's name badge, while another reportedly declared: "I am going to murder someone today."

A staff member recalls a meeting in which an MP was "very difficult and disruptive". After 10 minutes a volunteer "burst into tears and a staff member attempted to intervene. When a staff member offered to help, the MP dismissed him as 'condescending', at which point another staff member pulled the volunteer (still in tears) out of the session."

They add: "At this point the MP immediately became contrite and apologised... He later returned with a box of chocolates and a note addressed to the volunteer."

A separate report describes an MP entering the IPSA rooms in Parliament "purely to criticise IPSA in an aggressive fashion". His comments allegedly included the threat "I am going to attack you at every step".

IPSA was set up last year to enforce a revised expenses system.

A spokesman said: "These instances relate to the early days of operation. IPSA is focusing on getting on with its job which is managing the new regime governing MPs' expenses - that means checking and processing thousands of claims each week.

"Last week alone, for example, IPSA handled 4,000 claims and paid £650,000 to MPs."
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Be a good idea to name the abusive MP's, be interesting to know if its the ones who have already been milking the system in the previous Govt!
'Monkey'? WTF. These IPSA ******* want to man-up. Not one of them has been properly abused yet. Not that I'm condoning such behaviour, but compare it to the shit the Coy Clk takes!

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