Jim Fitzpatrick: Audit cost is unfortunate



By Jim Fitzpartick

We have now found out that the audit investigation into Tower Hamlets is running into the millions and it'll be local taxpayers footing the bill. As Tower Hamlets Council pulls one way and the Government pulls the other, each accusing each other of hypocrisy, the majority of us are left standing there without the end - or truth - in sight.

I'm not opposed to an investigation into the council's finances but what I am opposed to is obstruction from both sides and residents picking up the bill.

I just hope in the coming weeks and months we can put aside the politics, get some answers and not see Tower Hamlets in the news every week for all the wrong reasons.

■ In other news, in Parliament I voted for the Office for Budget Responsibility to be able to scrutinise all political parties' election manifestos but the Tories and Lib Dems voted to block this important reform.

People want to see properly financed policies and this would have been an important step forward so it's a great shame it didn't pass.

■ We're fast approaching recess and with this Parliamentary year nearly over I would like to share with you some stats.

In the last year I've attended 43 debates and received answers to 99 written questions which is above average for MPs.

I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by and with the general election around the corner who knows what the next one will bring.

■ Jim Fitzpatrick is MP for Poplar and Limehouse