MPs claim more than £573k in expenses
MPS in the area claimed more than £573,000 in expenses during the past year.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has published its second annual summary of expenditure for each MP since the expenses scandal let to an overhaul of the system.
The data shows each MP’s overall expenditure on staffing, accommodation, constituency office costs, including office rental costs, general administration costs and travel and subsistence costs in the financial year 2011/12.
It also shows whether any MP employs their spouse or any other member of their family.
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During the last Parliamentary year, Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell made the highest expense claim of the local MPs.
The Conservative MP claimed £155,335, which included £116,531 in staffing costs and £19,900 on accommodation.
The lowest claim was from Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers, who claimed £130,222, including £87,634 for staff £18,203 on accommodation.
Otherwise, Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell claimed a total of £154,225 and Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh claimed £134,017.
Martin Vickers said: “I do everything possible to keep my expenses to the absolute minimum, but essentials like staff and travel do have to be met, although travel wise I always try to use the cheapest possible rail ticket.”