Members of the last House of Commons besmirched the reputation of politics and politicians. The public have made it very clear that they expect new MPs to work to restore that trust. Through the survey I did local people told me very clearly how they expected the new Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West to behave (see photo).
That is why during the election I published a contract with local people about what I would do if I was elected. You can read the full contract here. I was clear that I would:
- - Publish on this site all my personal and office expenses incurred as your Member of Parliament
- - Publish all donations of more than £1500 to Bournemouth West Conservatives or to me
- - Never claim for food (which MPs can and do)
- - Never claim for first class rail travel
- - Never claim for furniture or household goods
- - Never employ any members of my family
Following the election I decided that I would go further. I have asked three prominent Bournemouth people to act as the custodians of the contract. I am please to say they all accepted. They are:
- The Reverend Ian Terry – Team Rector of the Bournemouth Town Centre Parish
- Neal Butterworth – Editor of the Bournemouth Echo
- Nigel Hedges – President of the Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce
I have asked them to look at what I am claiming and to test it against the promises I made at the election. I hope that in appointing these three individuals I can show how serious I was about total openness and transparency.
You can view Conor's latest expenses below: