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MPs claimed £1m in food expenses last yearMore than 30 MPs claimed maximum £400 for food every month – even billing taxpayer for meals when Commons was not sitting


More than 30 MPs claimed the maximum £400 allowance for food every month last year, with many billing the taxpayer for meals when the Commons was not sitting, it was reported today.

The amount claimed for food by 646 MPs in 2007-08 totalled £1.197m – an average of £154 a month per MP, the Daily Telegraph calculated.

The claims revealed appetites for snacks including Peperami sausages, Pot Noodles, pork pies, jellied eels and Farley's rusks.

Of the 32 MPs who claimed the full amount every month last year, 23 were from the Labour party, the paper reported. They included the sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, the former home secretary Charles Clarke and the Home Office minister Phil Woolas.

Some claimed more than the maximum but had their claims pared back by the fees office. Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough, apparently claimed £5,100 in the 12 months to the end of March, while Graham Allen, the Labour MP for Nottingham North, went over the £400 limit on four occasions.

Under the Commons additional costs allowance, MPs were allowed to claim up to £400 for food every month – £4,800 a year – without having to submit receipts. This has since been replaced with a flat-rate sum of £25 "for any night which a member spends away from his or her main home on parliamentary business".

How could they stoop so low ?


Edited by PotNoodle

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