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How much has the MPs expenses system cost the UK taxpayer?

As the UK MPs expenses system continues to come under severe pressure and focus from the authorities there are concerns as to how much the whole system has cost UK taxpayers over the last 20 years. When you consider that literally millions upon millions of pounds of expenses claimed over the last five years have caused so much heartache and concern in the UK, how is this situation looking over the last 20 years?

The sad fact is that we are unlikely to see details of any MPs expenses prior to 2004 and can only guess about the millions upon millions of pounds which have been claimed by politicians on all sides. Even though the likes of Gordon Brown and David Cameron have now risen to support UK taxpayers, nobody from any political party has come out of the situation with their heads held high. Even though many have claimed they were "acting by the book" the sad fact is that the book of expenses regulations in relation to MPs and the House of Commons is fatally flawed.

It has taken four years to get the information we have today so what else lurks under the surface and how much money has been wasted on the UK political system?

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