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A hard drive, a room full of reporters -- and the biggest parliamentary scandal in a generation. How MPs' expenses came to light.

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A hard drive, a room full of reporters -- and the biggest parliamentary scandal in a generation. How MPs' expenses came to light.

    6 - The Editor

    6 - The Editor

    For ten years, the man who led the Telegraph in 2009 has kept quiet about what happened during the scandal.
    But some stories are worth returning to.
    Guest: Will Lewis
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    • 23 min
    5 - The Lawyer

    5 - The Lawyer

    The Telegraph’s reporting on expenses involved a secretly copied disc, a million pages of sensitive personal information, and the most powerful institution in the land.
    What would the paper have to do to avoid getting stopped by the law?
    It fell to one man to figure that out.
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    • 23 min
    4 - The Politician

    4 - The Politician

    What was it like to be working in Parliament when the expenses scandal broke?
     
    It’s a question that most MPs are reluctant to answer.
     
    But not all of them.
     
     
    Guest: Norman Baker
     
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    • 24 min
    3 - The Campaigner

    3 - The Campaigner

    When New Labour came to power in 1997, they made a promise that they’d eventually come to regret.
    And one journalist did more than anyone else to hold them to it.
     
    Guest: Heather Brooke
     
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    • 24 min
    2 - The Cartoonist

    2 - The Cartoonist

    On a normal day Matt Pritchett, our front page cartoonist, gets into the office at around 8am and starts to figure out where the news is heading.
     
    But there weren’t many normal days in May 2009.
     
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    • 24 min
    1 - The Reporters

    1 - The Reporters

    In the spring of 2009, a small group of reporters at the Telegraph were given access to hundreds of thousands of pages of parliamentary expense claims, covering every single MP in the country.
    Working in secret, they began to pick through the files.
    This is the story of what happened next.
    Guests: Robert Winnett and Christopher Hope.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

skt9999 ,

Fascinating to hear the back story

It was fascinating to hear all the hard and complex work that went into the reporting of MPs expenses.

I never realised how complicated it was and how many late nights were worked to reveal the scandal.

The podcast is well narrated and produced and each episode ends with a mini cliff-hanger that makes you want to come back for more.

It’s been a fascinating listen and deffo recommend to others remotely interested in politics and journalism

Mum&Surveyor ,

Journalism at it’s best

Such an interesting ‘behind the scenes’ insight into some really great journalism which reminds me of why good journalism is essential in this era of ‘fake news’.

Kept entertaining by the unbelievable revelations of expense claims: a floating duck house! You can’t help but laugh in amazement that it got to these levels.

Saint Q ,

Terrific

Loved the expenses piece.

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