Lincoln MP Karl McCartney apologises for offensive messages to staff at Commons expenses watchdog
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has apologised for writing abusive and offensive messages to staff processing his expenses.
The backbencher was accused of adding notes to his claims telling one official he was 'talking *****' while condemning another as a 'pedantic SOAB'.
Andrew McDonald, of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, said the Tory had also been "condescending".
"Some of the notes written by you, and attached to your claims, were recently brought to my attention," he said.
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"Having reviewed those notes, I was taken aback by the content, which ranged from the abusive ('you are a pedantic SOAB, aren't you?' through to the offensive ('you're talking s****') and on to the condescending ('simples - or didn't you do geography at Eton and Oxford...).
"We will do all that is reasonable to shield our team from such treatment. This policy and its application in your case have been expressly endorsed by the Board.
"I had hoped it would be possible to address this behaviour without writing to you formally. In the light of your comments today, I write to ask that you conduct your dealings with us - orally or in writing - in civil terms.
"I do not ask you to like Ipsa or its policies. At the same time, Ipsa's team deserves to be treated in a courteous manner.
"I ask that, with immediate effect, you desist from correspondence which falls below this standard."
The critcism came after McCartney claimed he was victim of bullying tactics by the watchdog.
During Business Questions today, he accused Ipsa chief executive McDonald of using "false innuendo and subterfuge" to smear the name of politicians.
But McDonald denied the allegations insisting the watchdog was providing good value to the taxpayer.
Tonight, McCartney said: "I apologise unreservedly to Ipsa for my comments which were inappropriate, and which I regret having made.
"I accept that such comments have given cause for offence. You will not see me making similar remarks in the future in respect of Ipsa, which has a difficult and important job to do.'"