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The Speaker of the House of Commons has been challenged by MPs to stand down in unprecedented scenes in the chamber.
Michael Martin did not mention his future in a statement on the expenses furore - instead setting out proposed action to reform the system.
He said he was "profoundly sorry" for his role and said all MPs must accept blame for the "terrible damage" done.
But a succession of MPs challenged him openly, saying they wanted a debate and a vote of no confidence in him.
It follows a week of damaging media revelations about MPs' expenses and criticism of the way Mr Marti
Originally posted by yellowbeard
In my opinion this is just a desperate attempt to shift the focus from themselves (individual M.P's) . They throw the public a scapegoat and hope the unwashed masses, umm I mean general public then forget who they're actually mad at and just go back to sleep and keep swallowing the rubbish that comes out of the House of Common Criminals. The M.P's don't care who it is anybody will do, he's probably just an unpopular man in parliament (or prepared to retire in disgrace for a good pension when things get forgotten).
Originally posted by and14263
Yes, it is an attempt to shift the spotlight but he was incharge of the office which processed and allowed the claims.