With the current expenses scandal, whilst public opinion is generally against MPs, its mostly been The Telegraph who are judging which expenses are fiddles and which aren't. Their editorial policy judges what to report. Here's their latest list of all the MPs they've reported on, the ones without links are generally cases where MPs have not claimed, and the ones with links are generally fiddles.
By my flawed counting, there are 136 current MPs who The Telegraph have reproted on.
Carrying on from Mark Reckon's groundbreaking work correlating MPs election majority with how much they fiddle, here is a table of number of fiddles by majority decile.
Lets look at that graphically:-
And once more but with quartiles just to show off that correlation a little more clearly.
So what Mark Reckons already demonstrated the other day still stands with a few more day's worth of data.
I wonder if all three parties exhibit the same behaviour to the same degree...
|4th quartile (largest majority)||16||17||7|
|Total Fiddles per party||41||72||13|
|4th quartile (largest majority)||39%||24%||54%|
It looks like Labour buck the trend amongst the three largest parties, their safest MPs haven't been outed by the Telegraph as much as safe Tories and LibDems.
It could just be that The Telegraph are being selective as to whilst MPs the cover, or maybe safe LibDem MPs really are twice as likely to fiddle their expenses as safe Labour MPs.