MP Cheryl Gillan told to repay £1,884

MP Cheryl Gillan told to repay £1,884

MP Cheryl Gillan told to repay £1,884

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MP CHERYL Gillan has been told to repay £1,884 in mortgage payments by Expenses auditor Sir Thomas Legg.

The Chesham and Amersham MP has a second home in Battersea, London, and her claims included £59,079.56 mortgage costs.

Mrs Gillan said she immediately sent a repayment cheque after recieving the letter. She said she over-claimed by £1,884 last year because the estimate for her yearly mortgage repayment – provided by her bank – was too high.

Mrs Gillan said: “Any difference between the estimated and actual interest on the mortgage would of course be accounted for by me.

“I have always tried to operate in a clear and transparent way, and that is why I have sent a payment in advance of any adjudication from Sir Thomas Legg.

“I look forward to the Kelly review and have already indicated that I will abide by any recommendations he makes over our pay and remuneration.”

The Shadow Welsh Secretary hit headlines in June after mistakenly claiming £4.47 in dog food, which she later paid back.

She also claimed £8,450 for food and £4,335 for cleaning.

Every MP has received a letter from Sir Thomas this week, detailing any claims that need to be paid back or explained in more detail.

Wycombe MP Paul Goodman has also been asked to pay back some money, but said he has been “undercharged” and would have to clear up the amount with the auditors.

He did not want to say how much he was asked to repay.

He said: "Sir Thomas has written to all MPs with provisional findings. Media reports suggest that his paperwork is no more infallible than that of MPs - and his letter to me confirms that this is the case.

“I'll therefore be writing to him with some figures and enquiries in response to his own figures and enquiries.

“As readers know, I gave the BFP a detailed summary of my expenses last summer. As soon as I can obtain reliable calculations from Sir Thomas, BFP readers as ever will be the first to know them.

"His provisional findings have been described as 'rough justice' - but given the scale of the expenses scandal, my view at present is that MPs must take the rough with the smooth - as lots of our constituents have to do."

Mr Goodman said he intends to repay any money if asked.

It was revealed in the summer that Mr Goodman claimed for items including a cot, stairgate and booster seat.

Yet his mortgage claims for his second home, in High Wycombe, were about half of three other Bucks MPs at £27,389.69. He pays about £600 a month.

The full claims show he got also £5,750 for food, £4,913.90 council tax and £4,100 cleaning under the controversial Additional Costs Allowance for second homes.

Mr Goodman – who does not drive – also claimed £3,892.80 in taxi fares around the constituency from 2005 to 2008, under the separate Incidental Expenses Provision.

Meanwhile Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve was “slightly bemused” after being asked for the latest copy of the lease agreement for his cottage near Marlow.

He said: “When I volunteered to provide the copies in the past I was told by the Fees Office I was told there was no need unless the amount of rent had changed.

“It's been an absolute mess but it's incumbent on us now to provide Sir Thomas with all the documents he needs.

He claimed £1,535 a month, totalling £60,742.24 over four years for the cottage.

His only other second home claims were £211.50 gardening costs and £1,511 council tax. He did not claim for food or furnishings and only claimed council tax in 2007/08.

Aylesbury MP David Lidington said he has not been asked to pay anything back. He was dubbed 'Mr Clean' after claiming around £1,200 for dry cleaning costs.

He also claimed £60,453.13 rent on a second London home.

Mr Lidington said: “They were all valid claims but I took the view that they might be seen as extravagant.”

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1:52pm Wed 14 Oct 09

J B Blackett says...

Why don't these people pay council tax like the rest of us ?
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I pay the 'Peasant Tax' out of money that already has been taxed and apparently in order to subsidize the Council Tax for MPs etc - Who Don't Pay it Anyway.
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Why can't they afford to pay it out of their £100,000 generous pay and allowances (some allowances are untaxed you know) ? Or even out of their second or third job slaries and fees ?
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We are being taken for a ride (as in an Al Capone movies)
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Regards to all fellow passengers.
Why don't these people pay council tax like the rest of us ? . I pay the 'Peasant Tax' out of money that already has been taxed and apparently in order to subsidize the Council Tax for MPs etc - Who Don't Pay it Anyway. . Why can't they afford to pay it out of their £100,000 generous pay and allowances (some allowances are untaxed you know) ? Or even out of their second or third job slaries and fees ? . We are being taken for a ride (as in an Al Capone movies) . Regards to all fellow passengers. J B Blackett
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2:24pm Wed 14 Oct 09

Why am I paying for your third home? says...

Another BFP reference to Cheryl Gillan's Battersea flat as her "second" home. But for the period under review, she had other homes in Epsom and Amersham, both very easily commutable to Westminster.
Another BFP reference to Cheryl Gillan's Battersea flat as her "second" home. But for the period under review, she had other homes in Epsom and Amersham, both very easily commutable to Westminster. Why am I paying for your third home?
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5:40pm Fri 16 Oct 09

Michael, HP7 says...

“I have always tried to operate in a clear and transparent way"
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Perhaps the honourable member for Chesham and Amersham could remind her constituents how much her husband has benefited from public money directly related to her tenure of office.
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Purely in the interest of transparency, of course.

Michael, HP7
“I have always tried to operate in a clear and transparent way" - Perhaps the honourable member for Chesham and Amersham could remind her constituents how much her husband has benefited from public money directly related to her tenure of office. - Purely in the interest of transparency, of course. Michael, HP7 Michael, HP7
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