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Shipley MP heads local claims list
The latest expenses for MPs show Shipley MP Philip Davies (Con) claimed the most money of the five district Members of Parliament.
He claimed £161,300, spending the biggest chunk of that total on staffing costs, £90,257. He also spent £23,083 on accommodation, £19,985 on office costs, £11,858 on travel, £10,732 on communications, £3,276 on stationery and postage, £1,107 on central IT provision and £1,002 on stationery.
The details are published annually and were initially due for release last October but were delayed amid a legal row over whether full receipts and invoices should be disclosed.
MPs are permitted to claim expenses, including up to £23,083 for the additional costs allowance (ACA), which covers the cost of staying away from their main residence.
ACA is used to cover the cost of a property, as well as rent or mortgage interest. Most MPs use it to pay for a base in central London to use while they are working in Westminster.
Keighley MP Ann Cryer (Lab) was the second biggest local spender, claiming £158,190. She spent £91,316 on staff, £20,269 on office costs, £19,765 on accommodation, £12,352 on travel, £8,304 on communications, £2,989 on stationery and postage, £1,845 on stationery and £1,350 on IT provision.
Bradford South MP and Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe (Lab) accumulated a bill for £146,023. Of this, £89,101 was on staff, £19,854 on office running costs, £17,976 on travel, £11,640 on accommodation, £5,003 on communications allowance, £1,415 on central IT provision, £615 on stationery and postage and £419 on central stationery.
Bradford West MP Marsha Singh (Lab) spent a total of £143,353. He claimed £69,619 on staff, £26,026 on office running costs, £22,964 on accommodation, £13,012 on travel, £7,776 on communications allowance, £2,018 on stationery and postage, £1,226 on IT provision and £712 on stationery.
Bradford North MP Terry Rooney (Lab) claimed the least in expenses with £137,978. He spent £81,933 on staff, £20,791 on office costs, £14,890 on travel, £13,980 on accommodation, £2,685 on stationery and postage, £1,273 on communications, £1,265 on IT provision and £1,161 on central purchasing stationery.
It also emerged that members of the Government are to have their ministerial salaries frozen this year and those of them who are MPs will also forego the £1,500 rise in their parliamentary pay to which they are entitled, Downing Street said today.
It was announced that MPs will receive a pay rise of 2.33 per cent from today, bringing their salary up from £63,291 to £64,766. But Downing Street moved quickly to say that ministers will not benefit from the rise.