Black pencil as MP's go shy over expenses

THE EXPENSES claims of every MP were published online last week – but some key details have been blacked out prompting suspicions of a cover-up . Commons authorities finally publicised the details of expenses for the past four years after the furore s

THE EXPENSES claims of every MP were published online last week - but some key details have been blacked out prompting suspicions of a "cover-up".

Commons authorities finally publicised the details of expenses for the past four years after the furore surrounding the expenses scandal and a long-running Freedom of Information (FoI) battle.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown welcomed the move, saying it was "in the interests of transparency".

But many of the invoices and receipts have been blacked out so that it is not possible to see exactly what politicians were claiming for.

This has sparked outrage in the media; the national press are calling it a "cover-up".

One national newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, claims they printed the unedited version on Saturday June 20.

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