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What are the Westminster Accounts?

Over £183 million of outside funds has flowed into this parliament alone, with no way of working out who’s getting what, from whom, and why. Until now. Tortoise and Sky News have launched the Westminster Accounts, the first fully searchable database of the money being used to lubricate the machinery of British politics.

It’s time for Westminster to stop preaching transparency and set its house in order

The Westminster Accounts project has shown how the current rules can’t keep the system honest.

British MPs regularly accept expenses-paid trips to the Cayman Islands

On one visit, MPs told the local government it could sue the UK for attempting to close loopholes for tax evasion and financial crime.

May’s millions

How the former PM became the highest earning MP.

In praise of Qatar

A well-funded charm offensive is yielding results in Westminster.

Former MEP offered paying subscribers access to a meeting of vaccine sceptics in parliament

The event was also attended by anti-vaxx campaigner Dr Aseem Malhotra, and Tory MPs Desmond Swayne and Andrew Bridgen.


Five of the biggest revelations from The Westminster Accounts, including who the highest earners are, where they get their money from, and the perks they receive.

How we got here

Following the money

by John Ryley and James Harding

Sun 8 January 2022

Without greater transparency, money will influence our politics in the dark. It’s time to check who is paying our politicians and to ask why.

Letting the light in

by Katherine Riley and Joseph White

Sun 8 January 2022

The fact that all of this data was already public meant that collating it all couldn’t be that hard, right? Wrong. Very wrong.

The Westminster Accounts – Methodology

Sun 8 January 2022

The process of collecting, analysing and visualising tens of thousands of financial records gets very complicated very quickly – here’s how we did it.

More reporting from the Westminster Accounts


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