LETTER:Salaries, MPs and the interests of the Commons man

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From Mr Peter Bottomley, MP

Sir: Your imaginary examples of what an MP may do may be wrong ("What MPs can and can't do", 8 November).

Cash for election expenses may be spent on the candidate's behalf only by the candidate's appointed agent. That cannot lawfully be described as indirectly sponsored through constituency payments.

MPs in that category are clearly barred from advocacy until at least the next election.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Bottomley

MP for Eltham (Con)

House of Commons

London, SW1

8 November