So why do retiring Welsh MPs who used their expenses to buy snazzy gadgets and computers just months before they were due to quit manage to keep thiers.
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Evans had previously announced he was stepping down in January 2013, while Hain told of his retirement in June 2014. it with you.
The watchdog IPSA which keeps an eye on MPs expenses but clearly has not got the powers it needs. says no rules were broken, but advised MPs who were standing down or were defeated in the election to donate the devices to charity or a successor MP after May 7. However it had no power to enforce this.
“Having looked into these claims, we are satisfied that they are within the rules. This covers purchases made during September 2014, as the restrictions on capital purchases began on September 30, 2014.
“The total value of the purchases for all MPs in September amounts to £71,216.48.”