How did ex MP rack up £10k debt?

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THE Com­mons ex­penses watch­dog has been lam­basted for fail­ing to stop dis­graced for­mer MP Eric Joyce rack­ing up debts of more than £10,000 to the tax­payer.

A re­view found the In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Author­ity was “com­plicit” as the ex-mem­ber for Falkirk filed in­valid claims over a num­ber of years.

No “de­ci­sive ac­tion” was taken de­spite clear ev­i­dence that he was “per­sis­tently mis­us­ing” his of­fi­cial credit card, and he was given “con­tra­dic­tory and mis­lead­ing” in­for­ma­tion about the size of his debt.

The find­ings came in a re­view by Ipsa com­pli­ance of­fi­cer Peter Davis into the han­dling of the case.

Mr Joyce ( above) stepped down from the Com­mons at the elec­tion af­ter be­ing con­victed of head­but­ting a Tory MP dur­ing a drunken bar brawl.

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