Letter: MEPs must reveal all

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The Independent Online
Sir: The MEPs' register of interests is not voluntary. It never has been as Sarah Helm claims ("Pleasure palace for our MEPs", 19 March). Since July 1996, when it was tightened up, it has become tougher and more transparent than the House of Commons register.

Members must declare, "any support, whether financial or in terms of staff or material, additional to that provided by Parliament and granted to the Member in connection with his political activities by third parties, whose identity shall be disclosed. Members of Parliament shall refrain from accepting any other gift or benefit in the performance of their duties."


(Greater Manchester East, Lab)