If an MP wants the taxpayer to fund a website there should be no party politics or strong opinion on it. If an MP wants to send out a free newsletter paid for by taxpayers, it has to avoid political comment and is best submitted to neutral assessors in Parliament first before being sent out.
An MP, paid for by taxpayers, can be political, but his or her staff must not be political during time in the office paid for by taxpayers. These distinctions are important to the expenses system, but not always understood elsewhere.
When I am undertaking a school visit, for example, I need to ask the basis of the invitation. If they want me to visit as MP and representative of all my constituents, then my Parliamentary office can organise it for me. I have to remember not to make political remarks. If they want me to talk to students as a Conservative politician, I need to ask that they have invited in people from other parties on other occasions to balance , and to remind the pupils that I am speaking politically. In that case the visit should be arranged by the MP or by a political assistant paid for from party money and is probably only appropriate for six forms.
The Parliamentary office can help organise the diary, but again this should be the Parliamentary side of it. MPs have poltiical and private lives, but they should not ask taxpayer funded staff to help with these other aspects.
Many MPs have contracts with political offices to provide Parliamentary services as well. These need to be clearly recorded, and the office providing the service needs to understand the different roles and to provide value for taxpayer money when acting in the Parliamentary capacity.
There could be more issues over the use of taxpayers money to appear when all of this territory gets examined in more detail. Reform of the system will not just be about second homes.