Jack Straw ‘tried to conceal MPs’ expenses’

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“The English are not worth saving as a race,” says Jewish Jack Straw.

Jack Straw tried to prevent MPs’ expenses claims from being published because he did not want the public to find out about renovations to his own home, documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph suggest.

He led an all-party delegation of senior MPs which urged Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, to turn down requests by journalists and campaigners to release details of MPs’ second home expenses, the papers show.

Mr Straw’s intervention came at a critical meeting in December 2006, when Mr Thomas had already drafted a ‘decision notice’ which would have ordered the Commons authorities to publish details of claims under the Additional Costs Allowance (ACA), which funds second homes.

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