The home addresses of high court judges and chief police officers should be published for the world to see, MPs have said.
Backbenchers including Birmingham MP Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) issued the demand following a court ruling that their own addresses must be made public, along with full details of their expenses claims.
They signed a Commons motion insisting other senior public servants should receive the same treatment. Dr Jones said she was making the point that MPs had legitimate concerns about their security if their home addresses were published.
Like most MPs she has a home in her constituency and a second home in London, which she uses when she attends the Commons. She said: “People know my Birmingham address, but I don’t publicise the London address. I feel slightly vulnerable going home at night, and it is empty over the weekend as I am in Birmingham.”
The suggestion that other public servants should also publish their addresses was not entirely serious “but we are making a serious point about our own security,” she said.
Dr Jones said she had no objection to her expenses being published. MPs have been angered by a High Court ruling that their home addresses must be published, following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Campaigners had been demanding that Commons authorities publish a detailed breakdown of expenses claims made by MPs, which can include help with mortgages on second homes and furniture.
House of Commons authorities attempted to block the request, but gave up the fight after the High Court ruled against them.
Details of expenses claimed by 14 MPs, including Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, have been published so far.
They showed that Mr Blair spent more than £10,000 on refurbishing the kitchen at his constituency home in County Durham in 2003, when he was Prime Minister. Items included tiling and £1,000 on fitting a mantel shelf to the Aga oven. The Blairs also spent £515 on a new dishwasher.
A detailed breakdown of the expenses of all MPs dating back to 2004 - likely to run to more than a million items - is due to be released in the autumn and in future the information will be released on a quarterly basis