London Lite Monday, 9 November 2009 15 Risk of sexual assault: Tory MP Jacqui Lait says women will be put off running for Parliament Hole-in-the-wall 10bn record THE amount of money consumers withdrew from cash machines in a single month hit the 10bn mark for the first time in October, figures showed today. A record 10.03bn was taken out of ATMs in Britain that are part of the Link network. Parentsputtheir kids through L MORE teenagers are asking their parents to teach them to drive to save on the cost of professional lessons. But research by uSwitch. com found that many said it was a bad experience and would not recommend it to others. Women MPs: Its too dangerous to commuteatnightA PROPOSED ban on second homes for MPs who live near London would expose women politicians to the risk of mugging and sexual assault, it was claimed today. Five MPs said the plan would discour- age women from standing for Parliament because they would be forced to commute to deserted train stations late at night. Anti-sleaze watchdog Sir Christopher Kelly has recommended that politicians who live within an hours travel of Westminster should not be allowed to claim expenses for a second home. But Labours Claire Curtis-Thomas, Kali Mountford and Phyllis Starkey, as well as Tory MPs Jacqui Lait and Eleanor Laing said in a letter to The Times: On Mondays and Tuesdays, we are expected to remain at the House of Commons for 10pm votes. The voting process is slow and means we are often unable to leave Westminster until 10.45pm. Trains are slower and less frequent at night and some MPs will not be able to reach their home stations until after midnight. In some cases, they will have to alight at unstaffed stations and walk to their cars... or wait for taxis. The risk of mugging or sexual assault is obvious and is likely to deter women. Gordon Brown and David Cameron have backed Sir Christopers report but the final say on its recommendations will fall to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Watchdog, which appears ready to challenge the proposals. by georgina littlejohn H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html