For Law Tutors and students - MPs expenses compliance officer quits

Mr Luke March has resigned as the Compliance Officer of The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Any tutors trying to find an appropriate introductory topic for either new intake Law students or Uniformed Public Services students (as part of Unit 1 Government policy and the Public Services) might like to think consider a discussion or debate regarding the opinions about the rights and wrongs of the MPs expenses scandal. This could include an up date relating to the resignation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (Ipsa) compliance officer Luke March. Such a discussion could follow some guided research by the students into the background including some of the more 'sensitive' expenses claims and the subsequent convictions of some members of Parliament.

 

It seems that the apparent reluctance of Mr March to make public the formal investigations by Ipsa may have been connected with his resignation. Systems of regulation and protection need to be fair. We often hear of examples of safeguards and due processes which are now in place to try and ensure that we have fair trials and that justice is open and transparent.  Any discussion might be linked to questions about whether legal safeguards lean too much towards the protection of perpetrators or victims? How do we strike the right balance?

 

The issue could be linked to the well known presumption of 'innocent until proven guilty' and the rules of natural justice.

 

The matter could also be linked to the importance of representation and democracy – and the possible reform of the House of Lords to create what would, in effect, become an elected House.

 

 

 

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