Expenses of MPs and Cambridgeshire police commissioner are revealed

PUBLISHED: 13:33 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:09 13 January 2014

Steve Barclay MP.

Steve Barclay MP.

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MPs serving the Fens claimed more than £22,000 in expenses in a two-month period last year.

Henry Bellingham MP. Picture: Ian Burt Henry Bellingham MP. Picture: Ian Burt

The figures come after a ­parliamentary watchdog body released details of expenses claimed nationally, which totalled £4.85million.

NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay claimed £9,429.24 in August and September, while NW Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham claimed £10,666.95.

SW Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, who came under fire for claiming £2,579.67 for gas and ­electricity at her second home between 2012 and 2013, claimed the least of the trio, asking for £2,580.32.

Mr Bellingham’s biggest expense was £1,970.82 for ­buildings insurance, which he listed as an “accommodation cost” and £1,838.04 spent on renting his office.

Elizabeth Truss MP. Picture: Ian Burt Elizabeth Truss MP. Picture: Ian Burt

His lowest claim was for food and drink costing 90p.

Mr Barclay’s biggest expense was rent at a total of £5,091.67 and his lowest 29p for some foldback stationery clips.

Ms Truss’s biggest expense was legal expenses for £577.70 and her lowest a stationery claim for £1.

All MPs’ expenses are published following the parliamentary ­scandal in 2009, which was exposed by The Daily Telegraph in 2009.

It followed failed attempts by Parliament to prevent disclosure under Freedom of Information legislation.

• Cambridgeshire police have revealed details of expenses claimed by commissioner Sir Graham Bright, whose office cost £885,312.99 in one year, including salaries.

Sir Graham’s budgeting information shows that between November 2012 and November 2013 there was £1,742.14 of ­spending described as Police and Crime Commissioner car ­allowances staff.

There was also £10 of mince pies and £5 of tea machine coins for a police commissioner visit.

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