HYNDBURN’S MP Greg Pope this week criticised his colleagues over the Parliamentary expenses scandal.
As new details of abuse of the system emerge every day in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Pope said it was irresponsible of MPs to take advantage of a system they themselves created.
He said: "MPs from outside London may need two homes and most reasonable people recognise this but to swap which one is their main home for tax purposes is unfair.
"It may be within the Parliamentary rules but you can’t have one rule for MPs and another for everyone else."
While details of Mr Pope’s own expenses claims have not been published by the Telegraph, he said he was confident he had not done anything unethical.
He added he believed urgent reform was needed and that simply setting up a committee to look into the matter was not enough.
Mr Pope said: "I think to wait nine months is unacceptable, especially during the recession. I am shocked we are not doing anything today and reforming policy. People don’t want reform in December.
"I think what we will eventually find is that very few MPs have acted unfairly but the system needs to change."
The MP, who regularly posts his Parliamentary expenses on his website, said more transparency was needed.
He added: "This situation is bringing Parliament into disrepute. People are finding some MPs are abusing the system, which is unacceptable."