Julie Kirkbride & Margaret Moran have become the 10th & 11th MPs to announce they are standing down of the expenses story. A far larger number of MPs look completely untenable so I'm going to put a poll up:
How many MPs are going to resign or stand down specifically because of the expenses story?
At the moment it looks as though the Conservative's are getting rid of the most MPs but that might just be because they have acted the most quickly. One Labour blogger suggests that the Cameron strategy is to throw obscure back benchers to the sharks in order to protect the front benchers, which seems to apply much more clearly of the behaviour of Gordon Brown who refuses even to criticise the likes of James Purnell, Alaistair Darling and other cabinet ministers (except for Hazel Blears but that was a revenge knifing for her criticism of him last month).
Interesting definition of optimism
1 hour ago