“We’ve gotten hold of a disk containing the unredacted details of all MPs’ expenses, going back four years. I need you to go through them in nine days.”
Those are the words uttered to Christopher Hope, The Telegraph’s associate editor, on an early 2009 Bank Holiday Monday. What followed were the revelations that would become the biggest political scandal of the decade.
In this video, Christopher explains the events leading up to the scandal, the ‘bunker’ in which the Telegraph journalists set about their investigations in secret, and what it was like to see journalism make real change – and hold elected officials to account.