MPs’ £680k bill for expenses

First published in Keighley

Bradford district’s MPs claimed a total of more than £680,000 in expenses in 14 months, it has been revealed.

New figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), set up in the wake of the scandal which saw four MPs jailed, detail MPs’ claims from April last year to the end of May.

Expenses are published online every two months as part of the drive for transparency and the latest annual figures include claims for April and May, according to IPSA.

The figures show Shipley Conservative MP Philip Davies, whose constituency includes Cullingworth and Denholme, claimed £145,175.81 and Keighley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins £138,415.87.

An average of £100,000 for each MP is staffing costs and thousands of pounds of bills were submitted for running their constituency offices.

The remainder is claimed for London rents while they are in Westminster and travel to and from the constituency. The expenses body also said it is possible an MP has since made additional claims relating to the financial year 2011/12. Nationally £89 million was spent.

IPSA chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said the new transparent process was “inconceivable” a few years ago. He said the data showed the MPs expenses scandal is “behind us” and MPs are abiding by the rules.

Mr Kennedy added: “There will be some who might say ‘this is too much’ or ‘I could do it for less’. But we should look at the issue in more depth. MPs are there to represent us.”

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5:09pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Leagueman says...

It's not just the transparency we want to see, we also want all claims to be validated and shown to be genuine expense not just money used for something totally different.
All expenses should be passed by a genuinely neutral board and not by fellow MPs who have their nose in as well. They should be corroborated by a receipt not just by claim.
It's not just the transparency we want to see, we also want all claims to be validated and shown to be genuine expense not just money used for something totally different. All expenses should be passed by a genuinely neutral board and not by fellow MPs who have their nose in as well. They should be corroborated by a receipt not just by claim. Leagueman
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11:22pm Fri 14 Sep 12

cronk stanley says...

I admit that I voted for Hopkins, a sad mistake, this person could be the worst M.P. this town has ever had.

Seems to me all he cares about is a fat pension, not the people of this town.

My apologies. Leagueman, I agree with you,
I admit that I voted for Hopkins, a sad mistake, this person could be the worst M.P. this town has ever had. Seems to me all he cares about is a fat pension, not the people of this town. My apologies. Leagueman, I agree with you, cronk stanley
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2:05pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Leagueman says...

They're all the same Stanley. Feet under the table, then I'm allright Jack. It's as if they get their eyes opened to how they can easily earn thousands and thousands without actually doing too much then told not to rock the boat or is that Gravy Train?
They're all the same Stanley. Feet under the table, then I'm allright Jack. It's as if they get their eyes opened to how they can easily earn thousands and thousands without actually doing too much then told not to rock the boat or is that Gravy Train? Leagueman
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11:41pm Sun 16 Sep 12

legsman says...

Hopkins the worst MP? Oh what short memories people have:

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You do want Mr Hopkins to be able to represent you don't you? Employing staff to help him deal with the work they do, or would you like it done on a shoestring budget? How much do you think it costs? Try actually reading up on what the money is spent on before you criticise.
Hopkins the worst MP? Oh what short memories people have: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/newstopi cs/mps-expenses/5431 882/MPs-expenses-Ann e-Cryer-and-son-John -both-claimed-for-fl at-owned-by-her-daug hter.html http://www.keighleyn ews.co.uk/news/news_ keighley/4383144.Cry er_reveals_her_expen ses_details/ You do want Mr Hopkins to be able to represent you don't you? Employing staff to help him deal with the work they do, or would you like it done on a shoestring budget? How much do you think it costs? Try actually reading up on what the money is spent on before you criticise. legsman
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4:46pm Mon 17 Sep 12

jimmy k says...

why is anybody surprised at this?pigs and trough's, the laugh of it is that they are quick to try and divert attention away from themselves,bankers and press anyone?they are ALL as bad as each other and ALL deserve our utter contempt.as for legsmen well i'll let everyone make up their own minds on the laughable double standards of his post.
why is anybody surprised at this?pigs and trough's, the laugh of it is that they are quick to try and divert attention away from themselves,bankers and press anyone?they are ALL as bad as each other and ALL deserve our utter contempt.as for legsmen well i'll let everyone make up their own minds on the laughable double standards of his post. jimmy k
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