"MPs face being barred from using public money to furnish their homes as part of sweeping reforms designed to draw a line under the expenses scandal ahead of the next election.
"The infamous "John Lewis" list, spelling out the amount that MPs can spend on household furniture for their second homes, is in line to be scrapped completely as part of a review being carried out by an independent sleaze watchdog. The final report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, chaired by Sir Christopher Kelly, will be published on 4 November.
"MPs are bracing themselves for the arrival of the most austere expenses system in the modern world. The plans being drawn up by Sir Christopher are thought to include an axing of the food allowance and the gradual outlawing of mortgage payments. MPs needing a second home in London would be forced to rent."