David Cameron 'expects' named and shamed ministers to repay expenses debts


David Cameron has ordered three ministers to repay expenses debts after they were "named and shamed" by the Commons watchdog.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) named Tobias Ellwood, Edward Timpson and Caroline Dinenage among 26 current and former MPs who failed to settle sums of up to £500 last year, forcing them to be written off.

Ipsa insisted it asked the individuals for the money several times, and warned them that their names would be published.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister's view is that he expects any ministers who owe money to pay it back.

"I think a number of ministers are intending to do so."