SIR - New research shows that over the last five years MPs have enjoyed almost £700,000-worth of luxury flights and hotels paid for by regimes with appalling human rights records.

House of commons figures show that MPs have had lavish international trips paid for by the governments of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Oman. By far the largest spender was the Saudi Arabia dictatorship.

MPs from all parties have taken part, although more than 80 per cent of those participating in the tours were from the Conservative Party.

The regimes spent an average of nearly £4,000 per participant on perks including first and business class flights and five-star hotels.

This is a blatant attempt to win friends and increase their influence in Westminster.

John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge