Last Tuesday, the European Parliament voted against the publication of a report by its auditors which has revealed widespread abuse by MEPs of funds intended to be used for the payment of their staff.
The Parliament pays €427,720 each year into the pension fund of the members concerned, and they are supposed to make a private contribution of a further €13,860 each year.
However, it is believed that a significant number of MEPs pay their personal contributions from money allocated for their parliamentary duties - a practice described as "embezzlement" by whistleblower LibDem MEP Chris Davies.
Chris, who had earlier this year revealed the existence of the secret auditors' report, described today's series of votes on the Parliament's budget as "shameful".
He said: "These votes bring discredit and dishonour upon the entire Parliament. Far from cleaning up their act, a majority of MEPs seem intent on allowing greed and self-interest to triumph over the proper financial management of public money.
"On today's performance Europe's taxpayers could be forgiven for believing that there are more honest people to be found in prison than sit amongst us in the European Parliament.
"Political parties in each member state must now take the initiative and insist that no candidate stands in next year's European elections unless they are pledged to support reform."
Labour MEPs largely supported the Liberal Group's position, but Tories either abstained or voted against. For all his rhetoric against the European gravy-train, Robert Kilroy-Silk was even more resolute against disclosure.
A summary of the voting patterns is attached as a comment.