Island MP claimed £119,315 expenses

By Richard Wright

Friday, July 29, 2011

 

Island MP claimed £119,315 expenses

MP Andrew Turner.

ISLAND MP Andrew Turner has claimed more in expenses than any other MP in neighbouring Hampshire, a league table has shown.

But, in a statement this week, Mr Turner defended his record under the new expenses system, which replaced the previous, discredited, parliamentary expenses system.

Mr Turner said: "In 2009-10, I was 501st out of 650 MPs in terms of the total amount of money spent.

"This year I was 197th. This includes one-off expenditure related to moving offices to the Riverside Centre.

"I am always careful with taxpayers’ money and all expenses, however small, have been backed up with receipts, since the 2001 election.

"I think it is a very good thing the system is much more transparent and open to scrutiny."

Mr Turner said despite having the largest number of constituents in the UK, the system allowed him to claim only the same office expenses.

In a table produced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) Mr Turner is shown as claiming more expenses than any MP in neighbouring Hampshire, from after the general election last May until March 31 this year.

His total of £119,315.72 was nearly £6,000 more than the next highest — Alan Whitehead, of Southampton, — while the lowest claim, by New Forest West’s Desmond Swayne, was £68,017.19.

Mr Turner claimed more than £16,000 for accommodation, £4,800 for travel and £97,864.47 for his office and staff.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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