Expenses claims for Corby, Kettering, Rushden and Wellingborough MPs revealed

The latest expenses claims for Andy Sawford, Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone have been revealed
The latest expenses claims for Andy Sawford, Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone have been revealed

Kettering’s Philip Hollobone has again submitted the lowest expenses claim of any Member of Parliament.

The MP claimed a total of just £4,549 in 2013-14, according to the latest figures.

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.

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.

Excluding claims made for staffing and to cover MPs’ own payrolls, Mr Sawford claimed almost £57,900 while Mr Bone claimed just short of £55,000.

Mr Hollobone’s figure remained at just over £4,500 because he claimed nothing to cover staffing costs.

Mr Bone overclaimed slightly for staff wages and renting London accommodation, something he has agreed to offset by reducing spending during 2014-15.

Mr Sawford said the expenses he has claimed have allowed him to hold surgeries in his constituency and allow members of the public to raise concerns with him.

He 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.”

The Northants Telegraph approached Mr Bone for comment but he has not yet responded.

It was revealed last week that he will face no further action over his expenses following a complaint.

In total, about £103m was claimed by MPs, an average of more than £156,000 each. It is an increase of £5m compared to last year.

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 for £159,669.

The DUP’s Jim Shannon had the highest total claim of any MP – £229,262.