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Re-Renting Mp Expense Fiddle

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So MPs have another string to their bow in the drive to funnel taxpayers cash to either themselves or, in this case, their party funds.

Instead of renting commercial office space in their constituency, they can rent space from party or union owned premesis, charge a commercial rent to the taxpayer who puts that money into the local party coffers or the unions can then make political donations to the local party.

Of course, while if the taxpayer gets a good deal on the rent in such an arrangement it could work out cheaper for the taxpayer than renting at commercial rates, it seems that in many cases this is not to be assumed although the details will follow in due course.

The "re-renters" from the main three parties:

Tories 131

Labour 62

Lib Dems 25

Not far off a third of all MPs represented there.

You can find your MP here, the start date of the arrangement and whether it was active as of March this year:

www.scribd.com/document_downloads/184114192?extension=pdf&from=embed&source=embed

I've contacted my MP, who since election in May 2010 was renting office space from his local party until at least March this year, and may still be doing so.

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