FOLLOWING a series of revelations over his living arrangements, it has now been reported MP Andrew Turner rents a London flat from the wife of a parliamentary colleague.
Mr Turner was named today (Tuesday) by the Daily Telegraph as one of several MPs engaged in the practice, sparking criticism about rent deals at taxpayers’ expense.
It was reported that Mr Turner rents his Victoria flat from Lady Alexandra Hill, the wife of education minister Lord Jonathan Hill.
Mr Turner’s partner and parliamentary assistant Carole Dennett told the County Press today Mr Turner did not know Lady Hill owned the one-bed flat when he agreed to rent it around two years ago.
He did not know Lady Hill personally or her husband, other than having worked with him some 20 years ago, she added.
"It was done through an estate agent. We only found out afterwards who owned the flat.
"It’s absolutely a coincidence," she said.
When previously asked by the County Press if Mr Turner rented from another MP, he said he did not.
Miss Dennett stressed Lord Hill was a member of the House of Lords, not an MP.
"There was no intention to mislead," said Miss Dennett.
At the time the County Press asked about his living arrangements, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority had not disclosed the names of MPs’ landlords and Miss Dennett said Lady Hill had the right to ask for privacy.