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TSwindlers Paradise - The House Of Commons

MP's Expense Breakdown Courtsey of Metro - http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?MPs_expenses:_Breakdown_of_all_the_Conservative_claims&in_article_id=660141&in_page_id=34

Tony Blair -
The former Prime Minister was able to use his parliamentary expenses to remortgage his constituency home for £296,000 - nearly 10 times what he paid for it - just months before buying a west London house for £3.65 million.

:: Kevin Brennan - The junior minister was said to have had a £450 widescreen television delivered to his family home in Wales and then claimed it on his allowance for his second home in London.

:: David Miliband - The Foreign Secretary claimed almost £30,000 for doing up his £120,000 constituency home over five years, it was reported. He spent up to £180 every three months on the garden at the property in South Shields. At the bottom of one receipt for £132.96 in April 2008, his gardener wrote a note questioning whether some of the work was necessary.

:: George Osborne - The parliamentary authorities considered the shadow chancellor's personal website too "political" to be publicly funded, the newspaper said. After claiming £30 for a private company to host the site, Mr Osborne was told by an official: "I draw your attention to the 'Latest News' section of your webpage. This includes some articles ... which contain clearly political content and are therefore not acceptable on a publicly funded website." He also put a £440.62 bill for a chauffeur company to drive him from Cheshire to London on November 11 2005 on expenses.

:: David Cameron - The Tory leader claimed a total of £82,450 on his second home allowance over five years. The majority of Mr Cameron's claims were for mortgage interest and utility bills for his Oxfordshire constituency home. One exception was a £680 bill for repairs to the property, which included clearing wisteria and vines from a chimney, replacing outside lights and resealing his conservatory's roof. The newspaper reported Mr Cameron's expenses appeared relatively straightforward compared to other members of the shadow cabinet.

:: Cheryl Gillan - The shadow Welsh Secretary spent taxpayers' money on dog food. She said the £4.47 claim was an error and promised to repay the money. The fees office also reduced two claims for gas bills because statements showed Ms Gillan's account was in credit.

:: Oliver Letwin - Mr Letwin, who is in charge of drawing up the Conservative general election manifesto, claimed more than £2,000 to replace a leaking pipe under his tennis court. He said he had been ordered to mend the pipe by the local water company and did not make any improvements to the court or his garden. The taxpayer also picked up the tab for regular services to his Aga cooker.

:: Nick Herbert - The shadow environment secretary claimed back £10,000 of the £14,700 stamp duty when he bought a home with his partner in his constituency. He also charged for fees and a survey of the property in Arundel, West Sussex and claimed for the entire monthly mortgage interest even though his partner's name was on the deeds.

:: Alan Duncan - The shadow leader of the Commons claimed thousands of pounds for his garden before agreeing with the fees office that the spending "could be considered excessive". Millionaire Mr Duncan recouped £4,000 over three years. However, a £3,194 bill for gardening in March 2007 was not paid after officials responded suggesting that the claim might not be "within the spirit" of the rules, according to the Daily Telegraph. In a letter to the MP for Rutland and Melton, the fees office said that it expected gardening costs "to cover only basic essentials such as grass cutting".

:: Hazel Blears - The Communities Secretary claimed for three different properties in a single year, spending almost £5,000 of taxpayers' money on furniture in three months.

:: Margaret Beckett - The Housing Minister found herself in trouble with the Fees Office after attempting to claim £600 for hanging baskets and pot plants.

:: Andy Burnham - The Culture Secretary wrote a note to the fees office in which he pleaded for his expenses to be paid urgently and even wrote he "might be in line for a divorce" if the money did not materialise within days.

Lord Mandelson - Business Secretary Lord Mandelson claimed thousands of pounds for work on his constituency home in Hartlepool shortly after announcing his resignation as an MP, it was reported. He renovated the terrace house in 2004 and sold it for a £136,000 profit. Lord Mandelson's spokesman insisted the expenditure was to repair the property, "not improve it".

:: Shaun Woodward - Taxpayers contributed almost £100,000 to help pay the mortgage on Mr Woodward's £1.35 million flat - one of seven owned by the Northern Ireland Secretary.

:: Paul Murphy - The Welsh Secretary used his second home allowance to buy the freehold on a flat close to Parliament, putting the arrangement fees and stamp duty on his expenses. He also claimed for decorating and furnishing costs, including £35 for a toilet roll holder, £537 for an oven, a £605 TV and a £449 sound system.

:: Margaret Moran - The Labour MP for Luton switched her second home to the house she shares with her partner, 100 miles from her constituency - just days before spending £22,500 on treating dry rot at the seafront property.

:: Barry Gardiner - The MP for Brent North made a profit of almost £200,000 from a flat mortgaged and renovated with the help of taxpayers' cash, it was alleged.

:: Vera Baird - Mrs Baird, who as Solicitor General is one of the Government's top legal advisers, fell foul of expenses rules after trying to claim for Christmas decorations.

:: John Reid - The former Home Secretary's claims included a £199 pouffe, a £370 armchair, an £899 sofa and a £29.99 a "black glitter toilet seat".

:: Francis Maude - The shadow Cabinet Office minister claimed almost £35,000 over two years for a mortgage on a London flat a few minutes walk from a house he already owned and then rented out. The taxpayer footed the £387.50 bill for moving his effects down the road. He also tried to claim mortgage interest on his family home in Sussex, but the arrangement was reportedly rejected by the Fees Office.

:: Andrew Lansley

The shadow health secretary spent thousands of pounds renovating a thatched Tudor country cottage - and sold it shortly afterwards. He redecorated with premium paint in some rooms at a cost of £2,000 and spent more than £500 having the driveway re-shingled. He is then said to have "flipped" his expenses to a Georgian flat in London, and claimed for thousands of pounds in furnishings, including a Laura Ashley sofa.

:: Michael Gove - Mr Gove - a close ally of Mr Cameron - spent more than £7,000 in five months furnishing a London property in 2006 before "flipping" his second home designation to a new property he bought in Surrey. He then apparently claimed more than £13,000 in stamp duty and other fees from his Parliamentary expenses for this property.

TSwindlers Paradise - The House Of Commons

MP's Expense Breakdown Courtsey of Metro - http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?MPs_expenses:_Breakdown_of_all_the_Conservative_claims&in_article_id=660141&in_page_id=34

Tony Blair -
The former Prime Minister was able to use his parliamentary expenses to remortgage his constituency home for £296,000 - nearly 10 times what he paid for it - just months before buying a west London house for £3.65 million.

:: Kevin Brennan - The junior minister was said to have had a £450 widescreen television delivered to his family home in Wales and then claimed it on his allowance for his second home in London.

:: David Miliband - The Foreign Secretary claimed almost £30,000 for doing up his £120,000 constituency home over five years, it was reported. He spent up to £180 every three months on the garden at the property in South Shields. At the bottom of one receipt for £132.96 in April 2008, his gardener wrote a note questioning whether some of the work was necessary.

:: George Osborne - The parliamentary authorities considered the shadow chancellor's personal website too "political" to be publicly funded, the newspaper said. After claiming £30 for a private company to host the site, Mr Osborne was told by an official: "I draw your attention to the 'Latest News' section of your webpage. This includes some articles ... which contain clearly political content and are therefore not acceptable on a publicly funded website." He also put a £440.62 bill for a chauffeur company to drive him from Cheshire to London on November 11 2005 on expenses.

:: David Cameron - The Tory leader claimed a total of £82,450 on his second home allowance over five years. The majority of Mr Cameron's claims were for mortgage interest and utility bills for his Oxfordshire constituency home. One exception was a £680 bill for repairs to the property, which included clearing wisteria and vines from a chimney, replacing outside lights and resealing his conservatory's roof. The newspaper reported Mr Cameron's expenses appeared relatively straightforward compared to other members of the shadow cabinet.

:: Cheryl Gillan - The shadow Welsh Secretary spent taxpayers' money on dog food. She said the £4.47 claim was an error and promised to repay the money. The fees office also reduced two claims for gas bills because statements showed Ms Gillan's account was in credit.

:: Oliver Letwin - Mr Letwin, who is in charge of drawing up the Conservative general election manifesto, claimed more than £2,000 to replace a leaking pipe under his tennis court. He said he had been ordered to mend the pipe by the local water company and did not make any improvements to the court or his garden. The taxpayer also picked up the tab for regular services to his Aga cooker.

:: Nick Herbert - The shadow environment secretary claimed back £10,000 of the £14,700 stamp duty when he bought a home with his partner in his constituency. He also charged for fees and a survey of the property in Arundel, West Sussex and claimed for the entire monthly mortgage interest even though his partner's name was on the deeds.

:: Alan Duncan - The shadow leader of the Commons claimed thousands of pounds for his garden before agreeing with the fees office that the spending "could be considered excessive". Millionaire Mr Duncan recouped £4,000 over three years. However, a £3,194 bill for gardening in March 2007 was not paid after officials responded suggesting that the claim might not be "within the spirit" of the rules, according to the Daily Telegraph. In a letter to the MP for Rutland and Melton, the fees office said that it expected gardening costs "to cover only basic essentials such as grass cutting".

:: Hazel Blears - The Communities Secretary claimed for three different properties in a single year, spending almost £5,000 of taxpayers' money on furniture in three months.

:: Margaret Beckett - The Housing Minister found herself in trouble with the Fees Office after attempting to claim £600 for hanging baskets and pot plants.

:: Andy Burnham - The Culture Secretary wrote a note to the fees office in which he pleaded for his expenses to be paid urgently and even wrote he "might be in line for a divorce" if the money did not materialise within days.

Lord Mandelson - Business Secretary Lord Mandelson claimed thousands of pounds for work on his constituency home in Hartlepool shortly after announcing his resignation as an MP, it was reported. He renovated the terrace house in 2004 and sold it for a £136,000 profit. Lord Mandelson's spokesman insisted the expenditure was to repair the property, "not improve it".

:: Shaun Woodward - Taxpayers contributed almost £100,000 to help pay the mortgage on Mr Woodward's £1.35 million flat - one of seven owned by the Northern Ireland Secretary.

:: Paul Murphy - The Welsh Secretary used his second home allowance to buy the freehold on a flat close to Parliament, putting the arrangement fees and stamp duty on his expenses. He also claimed for decorating and furnishing costs, including £35 for a toilet roll holder, £537 for an oven, a £605 TV and a £449 sound system.

:: Margaret Moran - The Labour MP for Luton switched her second home to the house she shares with her partner, 100 miles from her constituency - just days before spending £22,500 on treating dry rot at the seafront property.

:: Barry Gardiner - The MP for Brent North made a profit of almost £200,000 from a flat mortgaged and renovated with the help of taxpayers' cash, it was alleged.

:: Vera Baird - Mrs Baird, who as Solicitor General is one of the Government's top legal advisers, fell foul of expenses rules after trying to claim for Christmas decorations.

:: John Reid - The former Home Secretary's claims included a £199 pouffe, a £370 armchair, an £899 sofa and a £29.99 a "black glitter toilet seat".

:: Francis Maude - The shadow Cabinet Office minister claimed almost £35,000 over two years for a mortgage on a London flat a few minutes walk from a house he already owned and then rented out. The taxpayer footed the £387.50 bill for moving his effects down the road. He also tried to claim mortgage interest on his family home in Sussex, but the arrangement was reportedly rejected by the Fees Office.

:: Andrew Lansley

The shadow health secretary spent thousands of pounds renovating a thatched Tudor country cottage - and sold it shortly afterwards. He redecorated with premium paint in some rooms at a cost of £2,000 and spent more than £500 having the driveway re-shingled. He is then said to have "flipped" his expenses to a Georgian flat in London, and claimed for thousands of pounds in furnishings, including a Laura Ashley sofa.

:: Michael Gove - Mr Gove - a close ally of Mr Cameron - spent more than £7,000 in five months furnishing a London property in 2006 before "flipping" his second home designation to a new property he bought in Surrey. He then apparently claimed more than £13,000 in stamp duty and other fees from his Parliamentary expenses for this property.

comments (1)

  • Tolu
  • Nigeria
  • 10 Nov 2009, 12:38
Hmmm!!! interesting. Altho not outrgaeous compared to some of their counterparts wink

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