Anger grows over Hope's expenses - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

Anger over Corby MP Phil Hope's expenses continued as the leaders of both main political parties were forced to make humiliating apologies for some of their members' extravagant claims.

Mr Hope has come under fire after it was revealed he spent 37,000 on refurbishing and furnishing his second home in Southwark.

While the MP defended his expenses claims to the Evening Telegraph, he ducked questions from reporters yesterday when he attended a question and answer session with pupils at Corby Business Academy.

But the row over the MP's home showed little sign of fading when he admitted he has allowed his son to use his two-bedroom flat while he looked for his own place in London.

Mr Hope said his son Nick stayed in the flat between finishing his masters degree at Leeds University and finding a job in London.

But the Minister declined to answer any more questions from reporters, instead remaining silent when asked about the details of his expenses.

Under Parliamentary rules MPs are only permitted to claim for goods and services incurred as part of their work.

Mr Hope faced strong criticism from Evening Telegraph readers with dozens posting on our website.

One reader, Marian, said: "Surely MPs can rent a furnished flat like everyone else? Why do we need to invest in second homes for them?"

And Dave Spence, of Raunds, said: "Politicians wonder why we have no faith in them. Politics in this country is so very wrong."

Yesterday Gordon Brown made a public apology on behalf of all MPs and Tory leader David Cameron also said sorry after the Daily Telegraph revealed details of the claims made by some of his senior politicians.

Phil Hope has said how sorry he is to his constituents after deciding to pay back 41,709 he has claimed in expenses over the past five years. Click here to read more.

After days of pressure over his Parliamentary expenses claim, Corby and East Northants MP Phil Hope has apologised to his constituents and said he would pay back the 41,709 he has claimed over the past five years. Click here to read more.

Phil Hope will be hoping his decision to repay his past five years expenses claims will protect his career as an MP. Click here to read more.

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The Labour Party in Corby has admitted the upset caused by Phil Hope's expenses debacle will not respond to a "quick fix". Click here to read more.

Phil Hope has said his plans to pay back 41,700 in expenses is a purely personal decision. Click here to read more.

Phil Hope has revealed he will pay back more than 41,000 in the latest twist in the MP expenses row. Click here to read more.

A political expert at Northampton University has criticised Corby and East Northants MP Phil Hope and his fellow MPs for the way the way they have used the expenses system to feather their nests. Click here to read more.

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Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Phil Hope says he has done nothing wrong in claiming and receiving more than 37,000 to refurbish and furnish his London second home. Click here to read more.