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"UK MPs can claim for expenses incurred whilst performing their duties. In 2009 some of these claims were published, ranging from the laughably cheap through the absurdly expensive to the utterly bizarre - but none of them broke rules, or so they claim!"
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She didn't break the rules, but Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was the first MP up for public ridicule thanks to hubby mistakenly charging the taxpayer for what?
Twelve bottles of malt whisky
A pay-per-view blue movie
A trip to the casino
Margaret Moran didn't break the rules. She simply made a claim for £22,500 to clear up a dry rot problem in her designated second home in Southampton. OK, that's a bit on the expensive side but surely an acceptable claim? Well, yes, except for one small factor. Where was Margaret Moran's constituency?
He didn't break the rules. All Elliot Morley did was to claim around £16,000 for interest accrued on his mortgage for his second home in his constituency. Why then did he receive a ban from his party from standing for election again?
He never lived at the address claimed for
His mortgage had been paid off 18 months earlier
He had avoided paying council tax by claiming another home as his second home
He had registered the home with the land registry under another name
Douglas Hogg didn't break the rules but it has to be said that his cleaning bill at £2,115 was a little bit on the high side. What was he having cleaned that made the claim so high?
She didn't break the rules but Julie Kirkbride chose to announce that she would not stand at the next election because of the mortgage claim she made on her second home in her constituency. Why?
It was her sister's house
She was already covering the cost of her mortgage through letting the flat to another MP
She didn't have a second home
Her husband, also an MP, was claiming a different main home to her
Sir Peter Viggers broke no rules. He charged the taxpayer £1,645 for work done in his constituency home that was clearly vital to the undertaking of his duties. What was the money used for?
To build offices for his constituency employees
To provide a floating island for ducks
To repair a leaking roof
To improve security at his home
They didn't break the rules but their claims can only really be described as, for want of better words, a bit tight. Which of the following items was not claimed by MPs as being vital to the undertaking of their duties and therefore the responsibility of the taxpayer?
A box of matches worth 59 pence
A pair of bicycle clips worth 75 pence
A bath plug worth 88 pence
Some Hob Nob biscuits worth 79 pence
She didn't break the rules but Hazel Blears was described as a "flipping" MP because of her expenses claims in 2009. She had, no doubt, been referred to in similar terms before, but what was it in the context of the expenses scandal that was considered to be "flipping"?
She rented out a house that she was claiming for
She claimed expenses while living in a "grace and favour" home
She claimed furniture on a second home that was used elsewhere
She changed the designation of her second home on three occasions
He broke no rules but probably the biggest casualty of the expenses affair was the Speaker of the House, Michael Martin. He resigned as he was felt to have "let the public down". Who did MPs elect in his stead in their first attempt to restore public confidence in MPs?
David Howarth (Lib Dems) - no second home claims at all
Adam Afriyie (Conservative) - no claims other than for the running of his office
John Bercow (Conservative) - accused of "flipping" his home and of claiming the maximum allowances
Celia Barlow (Labour) - no claims in 2008 other than for the running of her office and for travel
She re-invented the rules. Whilst public confidence in MPs fell to an all-time low, one woman rose through the ranks to claim political glory. Which "Absolutely Fabulous" star's success with the Gurkhas led to the papers calling for her to be made Prime Minister?
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