All expenses paid: the full scale of MPs' lavish globetrotting revealed
Olivier WrightBackbench MPs have gone on more than £1.5m of trips with all expenses paid by foreign governments, pressure groups and companies in little over two years, The Independent can reveal. Several MPs have spent months out of the country on foreign trips, sometimes while Parliament is sitting, while many of those funding the visits have a vested interest in lobbying MPs.
After the trips, a significant number of MPs have made speeches in the House of Commons supporting the political positions of the governments and countries they have visited.
The Independent's analysis reveals that 242 MPs have declared "fact-finding missions" and visits worth an average £6,500 to countries including Sri Lanka, China and former Soviet States since the last election.
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"All expenses paid: the full scale of MPs' lavish globetrotting revealed ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2012. Consulté le 02/10/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/all-expenses-paid-the-full-scale-of-mps-lavish-globetrotting-revealed-