Latest MP expenses revealed

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 December 2010

penrose again

penrose again


WESTON’S MP claimed more than £1,000 in expenses in the first three-and-a-half months after the election, records released by a watchdog have revealed.

John Penrose claimed £1,311.91 from May 7 to August 31, according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

The claims included six £115.20 mileage claims for return journies from Weston to London in his own car.

Nearly £30 was claimed for buying archive boxes and £53 was billed for moving blinds to his new office.

One £155 return train ticket from Taunton to London was submitted, plus a £87.50 single from Weston to Westminister.

The records show Mr Penrose was one of the cheapest member for expenses in the former Avon area.

Out of 10 MPs, the Weston MP came third for claiming the least, with only Bristol councillors Kerry McCarthy and Chris Skidmore asking for less.

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti claimed the most - £12,511.13.

New expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, released details of a total of 22,000 claims submitted by MPs between May and August, adding up to £3.1 million.

It does not publish the receipts supporting the claims because it said it could not justify the cost involved.

And the published payments made do not necessarily reflect the total amount claimed by MPs, as claims which have not been processed by August 31 have not been included.

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