The polls were already fairly dire for Labour before the expense saga started - the latest polls point towards a possible meltdown unless radical and swift action is taken by both Gordon Brown and the NEC. Public perception cannot be ignored and unless it is careful the Labour party could end up having to fight seats at the next general election against Martin Bell type candidates who will be ready to exploit public anger and dismay to devastating effect.
If we are to regain some lost ground and help restore trust and confidence in the system we (Labour) need to:
1. Make it clear that it will de-select any sitting MP who, as a result of her/his abuse of their parliamentary expenses or allowance, has brought the Labour party into disrepute.
2. Insist that all Labour MPs hold public meetings in their constituencies in the next few weeks in order to seek the views of their constituents as to what should be done next.
3. Insist that no Labour MP will be allowed to 'flip' her/his second home allowance between now and the start of the next general election (or until a new system is in place).
4. Require all Labour MPs, MEPs, Peers and Councillors to publish their latest expense claims on the web with immediate effect.
5. Require all sitting Labour MPs to commit to surrendering any profit made from the sale of a second home that was funded by the ACA back to the tax payer.
What do you think?