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Howard claims more in allowances and expenses than Blair

Contributed by editor on Oct 22, 2004 - 02:21 PM


HOWARD CLAIMS MORE IN ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES THAN BLAIR

House of Commons figures show Folkestone and Hythe MP and Tory leader, Michael Howard, claimed £126,658 in allowances and expenses last year whereas the £80,836 claimed by Prime Minister Tony Blair put him near  the bottom of the list.

Altogether taxpayers forked out an average of £118,000 for their local MP's  allowances and expenses.

MPs are paid £57,485, but additional total allowances have risen to £78m, an increase of more than £20m within two years.

The bulk of claims cover staff costs but an out-of-town allowance up to a maximum £20,033 for all MPs except those representing inner London constituencies boosts many allowances.

The highest claim was £168,889, by Claire Curtis-Thomas, Labour MP for Crosby, and the smallest, £56,657, by Michael Trend.

 
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