How much did MPs for Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough claim in expenses?

Items claimed for included a kettle, blinds and a fan heater

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 6:00 am

North Northamptonshire's MPs cost the taxpayer more than £400,000 last year in expenses in 2018-19, including claims for new blinds and a fan heater.

The total cost of every MP has been revealed by IPSA, the authority that oversees parliamentary standards, with Wellingborough's Peter Bone claiming the most out of our three Conservatives who all romped home in the 2019 General Election.

Mr Bone's total bill was £198,741, down from £202,707 the previous year.

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L-R: Peter Bone, Philip Hollobone, Nigel Farage and Tom Pursglove when Mr Farage visited our county in 2016.

The majority (£151,000) covered his payroll with £26,000 in rent for his accommodation and High Street office paid for by the taxpayer.

Individual items claimed for included £299 for a fan heater, £150 on a vacuum cleaner and £229 on a printer.

Mr Bone, 67, also claimed £99 for an office chair, £40 for an iPad case, £45 on unspecified hospitality, £12 for a kettle and £4 for iPhone accessories.

Other claims submitted by Mr Bone, who unsuccessfully stood to be a deputy speaker in the House of Commons, included £819 on maintenance costs, £61 for a candidate's train ticket and £28.50 to hire the council chamber.

He gave back £350 he received in income when others used his office

Kettering's Brexiter MP Philip Hollobone is still one of the UK's cheapest parliamentarians but his total bill rocketed from £7,000 to more than £46,000.

It was mainly due to the £34,463.50 he claimed under payroll, far eclipsing the £1,500 he claimed in 2017-18.

The rest of the expenses claimed by Mr Hollobone - who once had a £17,000 expenses debt written off - came under accommodation costs (£4,500) and train fares (£5,500).

Corby MP Tom Pursglove's total taxpayer bill also rose, going from £170,217 in 2017-18 to £183,730 in 2018-19.

The bulk covered his £123,335 payroll with almost £22,500 in accommodation rent, £10,000 for renting his Corby office, £7,500 in travel costs and almost £6,500 in stationery.

The former Sir Christopher Hatton School pupil, who was ridiculed for claiming 22p for a banana two years ago, also claimed £433 on office blinds as well as £150 for laptop risers and £50 for a town hall sign.