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Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Postby Bruce Everiss » Tue 12 May 2009 7:06 am

Harbury and district MP expenses for the parliamentary year 2007-8

Maples, Mr John CON Stratford-on-Avon. Second home allowance: 23,000. Office: 18,662. Staffing: 75,306. Central stationery: 634. Stationery and postage: 2,822. IT Provision: 1,155. Communications: 5,279. Travel: 4,397. Total: 131,255

Plaskitt, Mr James LAB Warwick & Leamington. Second home allowance: 22,884. Office: 20,571. Staffing: 90,096. Central stationery: 1,953. Stationery and postage: 5,042. IT Provision: 1,349. Communications: 9,841. Travel: 4,816. Total: 156,552

Wright, Jeremy, CON Rugby & Kenilworth. Second home allowance: 20,409. Office: 17,217. Staffing: 80,427. Central stationery: 859. Stationery and postage: 1,554. IT Provision: 1,163. Communications: 8,206. Travel: 5,769. Total: 135,604

Love him or hate him, you have to admire this:
Skinner, Mr Dennis LAB Bolsover Total: 66,933.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8044207.stm
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Re: Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Postby Bruce Everiss » Wed 13 May 2009 10:18 pm

Oops: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... enses.html

"John Maples, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, declared that a room in his private members’ club in Pall Mall, London, was his main home. This allowed him to spend money on his family’s Oxfordshire home."
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Re: Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Postby Bruce Everiss » Wed 13 May 2009 10:20 pm

http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/B ... 5264470.jp

"Conservative MPs Tony Baldry (Banbury), Tim Boswell (Brackley) and John Maples (Shipston-on-Stour) have all spoken out to publicly declare their claims have all been fair and legitimate."
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Re: Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Postby Bruce Everiss » Wed 13 May 2009 10:24 pm

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/s ... -23613164/

Only one MP told us he had something to declare.

Mr Plaskitt admitted to “inadvertently” claiming £800 more than he should have in 2006 for mortgage interest payments for his second home - a London flat. The Commons’ authorities spotted the mistake.

He said: “I was annoyed for making it, and I paid it back immediately.
"I’m holding my hands up, even though it wouldn’t have shown up in the redacted (edited) receipts to be released because the Commons’ authorities are removing correspondence about errors and mistakes.”

He says he has claimed £8,000 a year in mortgage interest payments.
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Re: Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Postby Bruce Everiss » Thu 14 May 2009 7:18 am

John Maples on Newsnight: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/n ... 049177.stm

The Conservative MP John Maples has told Newsnight that House of Commons officials agreed that he could carry on claiming a second home allowance, after he'd sold his main home and was living temporarily in a London club.

Mr Maples' expense claims were revealed by the Daily Telegraph. He told the BBC that he didn't see why he should repay the money, but would do so if asked by the panel set up to scrutinise claims.
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Re: Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 16 May 2009 9:16 am

John Maple on the Telegraph website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... enses.html

John Maples has denied that he had declared his Pall Mall private members’ club to be his main home for the purposes of his parliamentary allowances.

His claim followed The Daily Telegraph’s disclosure that he contacted the Commons fees office to say that he was based at the Royal Automobile Club for a month after he sold his London house and before he moved into a flat that belonged to friends for another six months.

Mr Maples denied that his email constituted a formal declaration of the RAC as his “main home”. It was not clear whether he accepted that the friends’ flat was his “main home”, and he refused to say whether he paid any rent for the property.

The MP’s insistence that the RAC was not his main home raised questions about the claims he made on his “second home”, a large, detached house in the market town of Banbury, Warwickshire, near his constituency of Stratford-upon-Avon.

In order to claim expenses under the Additional Costs Allowance, which is used to fund a second property, MPs must designate a “main home”. .....................more
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Re: Harbury and district MP expenses 2007-8

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 16 May 2009 9:19 am

In the Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... -21360457/

"............Tory John Maples has bowed to public fury and agreed to repay second home expenses he ran up while living at the plush RAC private members' club in London.

The deputy party chairman threatened to sue over claims he registered a room at the there as his "main residence". But Mr Maples did keep collecting his second home allowance after selling a London pad and moving to the club while he looked for another.

The Stratford-upon-Avon MP said he will cough up the cash if a panel set up by David Cameron to examine Tories' expenses finds he was in the wrong. But he added: "I believe that I acted honestly and openly throughout.".................."
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Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 16 May 2009 9:49 am

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