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MPs Quit - And Blame The Voters
Ian Gibson, Anthony Steen and Ben Chapman are quitting as MPs, even though they all said they obeyed the rules
Sam Coates, Chief Political Correspondent, and Philip Webster, Political Editor - The Times
MPs caught up in the expenses scandal blamed the anger of their constituents and the public backlash for their decision to quit Parliament.
Ben Chapman, Labour, and Anthony Steen, a Conservative, said that they would stand down at the next election while maintaining that they had done nothing wrong.
Last night the Labour MP Ian Gibson also offered to stand down if the voters asked him to, amid claims that he sold a taxpayer-subsidised property to a member of his family. He insisted that he had acted within the rules.
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