Three MPs out over expenses

THREE more MPs said yesterday they would not stand at the next election after they became caught up in the expenses scandal.<br /><br />Conservative MP Julie Kirkbride and Margaret Moran, Labour MP for Luton South, both said they would quit politics after facing &ldquo;enormous pressure&rdquo; from &ldquo;unbearably intense&rdquo; media scrutiny.<br /><br />Tory MP Kirkbride faced a showdown with voters after she claimed &pound;1,040 for glamorous photos of herself in a hayfield that have been widely used in the media. She also built an extension with a taxpayer-funded mortgage so that one of her sons could have his own bedroom.<br /><br />Moran had been under intense pressure to resign after charging the taxpayer &pound;22,500 for treating dry rot in her designated second home in Southampton &ndash; 100 miles from her Luton South constituency.<br /><br />Conservative MP Christopher Fraser, who claimed expenses for 140 cherry trees and 75 red cedars, will be stepping down. He said he wanted to care for his sick wife.<br /><br />The revelations show no signs of dying down. Last night it was claimed that Conservative MP Bill Cash claimed &pound;15,000 to pay his daughter rent even though he had a home closer to Westminster.