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Issue No. 2152

‘Otherwise I might be in line for divorce!’
Culture secretary Andy Burnham explains why he needed £16,000 to do up a flat

‘I’m as straight as they come’
Former justice minister Shahid Malik – the day before resigning

‘I’ve nothing to hide’
Former Tory frontbencher Andrew MacKay – the day before resigning

‘This was all transparent, it was all approved. Looking back now, it does look strange, I have clearly made an error of judgement’
Andrew MacKay’s changing view of his expenses claims

‘Sorry about that – accountancy does not appear to be my strongest suit’
Justice secretary Jack Straw, trying to explain why he claimed the full amount for his council tax bill, despite receiving a 50 percent discount

‘Perhaps we need not more people looking round more corners but the same people looking round more corners more thoroughly to avoid the small things detracting from the big things the prime minister is getting right’
Baron Peter Mandelson’s solution to the “small” problem that is the expenses scandal

‘I believe that everything I have claimed on the ACA has been a properly incurred property-related expense and I can produce receipts for almost everything’
John Maples, deputy chairman of the Tory party who declared the Royal Automobile Club in London Pall Mall as his main home while he was moving house

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Tue 19 May 2009, 19:01 BST
Issue No. 2152
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