Published: 28/10/2009 00:00 - Updated: 13/11/2009 09:38

Enough's enough - it's time to go

BY CRAIG LEWIS
Shamed MP Margaret Moran should resign now.

That is the united message from Luton South's prospective parliamentary candidates.

Conservative Nigel Huddleston, Liberal Democrat Qurban Hussain, Green Party candidate Marc Scheimann and Independents Esther Rantzen, Joe Hall and Dr Stephen Lathwell have put aside their political differences to call for Ms Moran to quit immediately.

They want Gordon Brown to dismiss the controversial Labour politician and hold an immediate by-election.

The calls herald the launch today of Luton & Dunstable Express's 'Get Moran Out Now' campaign.

The Luton South MP, 54, suffered national embarrassment when the expenses scandal broke in May. It was revealed she tried to make taxpayers pay for £22,500 of dry rot treatment to her second home in Southampton - 100 miles from her constituency.

Ms Moran eventually agreed to repay the money and announced her decision to step down at the end of this Parliament.

She has not attended Westminster since, blaming an existing health problem she claims was made worse by the stress of the expenses scandal.

In June, this newspaper revealed Ms Moran could be entitled to a 'winding up allowance' of around £35,950 and a pension when she leaves her post.

It is currently unclear if and when she will be returning to work.

Turn inside for our view of the Margaret Moran scandal and those of Luton South's five parliamentary candidates.
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