Kettering MP has lowest expenses as other county Parliamentarians claim tens of thousands of pounds

MPs Peter Bone, Andy Sawford and Philip Hollobone
MPs Peter Bone, Andy Sawford and Philip Hollobone

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

Staffing: £137,574.13

Accommodation: £25,243.86

Travel: £12,463.86

Miscellaneous: £298.72

Total: £192,555.93

Philip Hollobone (Conservative, Kettering)

Constituency Office: £897.15

Staffing: £0

Accommodation: £0

Travel: £3,651.50

Total: £4,548.65

Andy Sawford (Labour, Corby and East Northamptonshire)

Constituency Office: £19,943.29

Staffing: £126,393.72

Accommodation: £20,369.58

Travel: £6,650.70

Start-up costs: £2,938.20

Total: £176,295.49