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Published on Jun 24, 2009
A middleman who helped pass on details of MPs' expenses to the Daily Telegraph has said it was done for the public good and not to make money. Public relations consultant Henry Gewanter told the BBC's Newsnight he was "extremely proud" of his actions. Mr Gewanter said he was surprised how difficult it had been to get the information published. "I thought it would be a very simple straightforward job, all I would have to do is approach one decent newspaper and that would be the end of it," he said. He said none of the newspapers declined it, but they wanted it on their "own terms"."One of the prime conditions was that whichever newspaper did get the exclusive had to be willing to cover every MP who misbehaved from whatever party. "There is at least one newspaper who wanted to use it to destroy one party." Ms Harman was revealing the government's plans for cleaning up Parliament in the wake of public anger over MPs' expenses claims.