On a normal day Matt Pritchett, our front page cartoonist, gets into the office at around 8am and starts to figure out where the news is heading.
But there weren’t many normal days in May 2009.
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In the spring of 2009, a small group of reporters at the Telegraph were given access to hundreds of thousands of pages of parliamentary expense claims, covering every single MP in the country.
Working in secret, they began to pick through the files.
This is the story of what happened...
In the spring of 2009, Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the UK was sliding into recession, Poker Face by Lady Gaga was on the radio everywhere, and unbeknownst to anyone else, a small group of journalists at the Telegraph had taken delivery of a hard drive.
On this drive were the expense claims...