Kettering’s Philip Hollobone was last year again the MP with the total lowest expenses claims.
The MP claimed a total of just £4,549 in the 2013-14 year, according to figures released yesterday (Thursday, September 11).
The figures, from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), also showed that Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone claimed £192,556, while Corby and East Northamptonshire’s Andy Sawford made a total claim of £176,295.
The Democratic Unionist Party MP Jim Shannon had the highest total claim – £229,262.
Mr Bone – who employed his wife Jeanette on a salary of between £45,000 and £49,999 – had the 27th highest expenses of any of the 660 current and former MPs who submitted claims during the 2013-14 financial year, while Mr Sawford was ranked 148th.
Mr Hollobone was ranked 657th, the lowest of any member who was in Parliament during the 2013-14 financial year. The three below him, including former cabinet minister Chris Huhne, are all former MPs who made claims to cover costs incurred since leaving office.
Mr Sawford said: ““I use the funding to make it possible to have a local office and team, hold regular surgeries and do everything I can to be available to help people and to be a strong voice in Parliament.
“There is no question that everything I claim is strictly within the much tighter new rules set by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I publish all the details on the web and any constituent can come and see me at my surgery if they want to discuss this.”
Meanwhile, Mr Hollobone said: “MPs’ pay and allowances is all public money paid for by taxpayers and I have always done my best to keep the claims I make as low as possible.”
Among Northamptonshire’s other MPs, Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry) claimed £129,985, Michael Ellis (Northampton North) claimed £136,333, Brian Binley (Northampton South) claimed £138,663 and Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire) claimed £157,256.
Prime Minister David Cameron put in claims for £129,512, Labour leader Ed Miliband claimed a total of £127,355 and Nick Clegg submitted claims of £159,669.
In total, about £103 million was claimed by MPs, an average of more than £156,000 each.
Breakdown of expenses
Peter Bone (Conservative, Wellingborough and Rushden)
Constituency Office: £16,975.83
Philip Hollobone (Conservative, Kettering)
Constituency Office: £897.15
Andy Sawford (Labour, Corby and East Northamptonshire)
Constituency Office: £19,943.29
Start-up costs: £2,938.20