I agree with Iain Dale in his opposition to the proposed "Communications allowance" that MP's will vote on today. Although to moan about MP's sending letters out trumpeting their achievements is perhaps a little rich coming from Iain, considering the amount of Conservative Central Office mailings that were posted during Iain Dale's general election campaign in North Norfolk.
Obviously some MP's spend a lot of money communicating with their constituents and this will be of enormous benefit to those MP's who do this well and want to do a better job of it. However, to my mind Iain has missed a major point of why Labour are so keen on this.
This £10,000 will, of course, be very carefully managed by Labour from Millbank. It will be used essentially to make up for the shortfall in local donations to the Labour Party and will go towards target letters, and the like in an attempt to keep Labour MP's their seats.
I can understand why some Lib Dem MP's would like the idea. It essentially makes it easier for Lib Dem MP's to do what they already do, but I hope this proposal does not go through as it will only really benefit the Labour Party, after all, they have more MP's.
Of course the real test will be if the Tories do ever get in to power, would they abolish it ?