Here’s how much Eastwood's MP has claimed in expenses

Despite the vast majority of MPs working from home for much of 2020, many have still been claiming thousands of pounds in expenses.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 2:21 pm

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority figures for the 2020-21 financial year shows that UK MPs have claimed more than £9 million as of January 6.

The JPIMedia Data Unit has analysed the figures to find out how much has been claimed by MPs across the country, including the biggest and most unusual expenses.

The data shows Eastwood’s MP, Lee Anderson, made a total of 50 claims, totalling £23,295.41.

Lee Anderson, MP for Eastwood and Ashfield
Lee Anderson, MP for Eastwood and Ashfield

The largest claim was £11,924.08 which came under the category of Office Costs.

Lee Anderson, MP for Eastwood and Ashfield, said: “My expense claims are for my staff, office space and equipment, travel to London and accommodation in London.

"I do not claim any mileage despite sometimes driving to London and driving many miles each week in the constituency.

"I pay for my own mobile phone bill and have donated £5,000 from my own pocket since being elected to local good causes.

"I have never claimed for a meal or drink and I never would.

"I am always looking for ways to cut on costs but as a new MP the initial costs will always be higher than long standing MPs as I have had to buy PC’s, laptops, phones, printers etc.”

Imran Ahmad-Khan, the Conservative MP for Wakefield, has been revealed as the highest ranking MP for spending.

He has spent £45,696 on 63 claims so far this year and his biggest expense has been office costs, with £34,473.52 spent.

Some of the more unusual claims include James Sunderland, the Conservative MP for Bracknell, who spent £450 on a constituency bible, Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough, spent £318 on a frosted window film to windows, Simon Fell, the Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness, spent £100 on the clearing of weeds and overgrown foliage in the backyard, and the disinfecting of the yard and smoking area and David Davis, the Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, spent £115 on the online writing tool, Grammarly.

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