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Ann Widdecombe warns against a "a competition of my shirt is hairier than yours”

WIDDECOMBE ANN NEW The former Shadow Home Secretary (long a defender of MPs' rights) was speaking on the Today programme and her words were captured by PoliticsHome:

"Ms Widdecombe said MPs do need support to run a second home, and warned of a “competition of my shirt is hairier than yours”. She said that she saw a danger that attempts to resolve the expenses row was “becoming a competition of my shirt is hairier than yours”. “We don’t want to go back to the days when the only people who can afford to sit on parliament are the privately wealthy or the Trade Union supported.”"

Many MPs share her view.  I wouldn't be surprised if we see something of a fightback in coming weeks.  There's particular anger at The Telegraph.  Three Tory frontbenchers told me yesterday that they wouldn't be giving any exclusives to that newspaper for a very long time.

Tim Montgomerie

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