Expenses of MPs and Cambridgeshire police commissioner are revealed

Steve Barclay MP. Steve Barclay MP.

Monday, January 13, 2014
1:33 PM

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

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Henry Bellingham MP. Picture: Ian BurtHenry 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 BurtElizabeth 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.

1 comment

  • I know that Henry Bellingham can't help how he looks - he must be the original chinless wonder - but why on earth has he (or some member of his staff) gone out of hisher way to claim 90p on 'food and drink'? Surely he can dig into his own pocket (and not ours) for a burger (or whatever it was)?

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    Geoffrey Woollard

    Monday, January 20, 2014

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