Why does one Labour MP claim £80k more in expenses than another MP living on the same street?

The two Labour MPs for Luton, Kelvin Hopkins and Margaret Moran live on the same street in Luton. You could argue over whether or not they should be able to claim a second homes allowance. But what’s really rum is that whilst Kelvin Hopkins has claimed £8,894 from the second homes allowance in the last five years, which could be for reasonable occasional costs such as the odd night in a hotel after a very late night at work, his near-neighbour Margaret Moran has claimed nearly ten times as much: £87,206. Is that really right?

Hat tip – Duncan Borrowman.

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9 Comments

  • Alix Mortimer 24th Mar '09 - 10:33am

    Chris, you can start with the fact that not a single London Lib Dem MP currently claims a penny of the allowance.

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23665700-details/War+on+greedy+and+sleazy+MPs/article.do

  • Labour must be worried about this one if Chris “attack-dog” Paul is on the case.

    Nice find Mark! :)

  • Julian Gray 24th Mar '09 - 4:41pm

    Alix, Luton is not in London. As Chris Paul says it might well be that Hopkins has no rent or mortgage to pay and is therfore only climing the running costs of the house.

    The fact that no Lib Dems in London claim the ACA has more to do with the fact that there are not many Lib Dem MPs than it has to do with their moral rectitude.

    It is really very funny that the only time that Clegg can get any press is when he witters on about how awful the expenses system is. What happened to real issues!?

  • Alix Mortimer 24th Mar '09 - 4:50pm

    Julian, Chris Paul asked for examples of Lib Dem rectitude. I provided one. Luton, as it were, is neither here nor there.

  • Julian, how exactly is MPs abusing a woefully lax expenses system not a real issue.

    It is exactly this kind of thing that has undermined public confidence in politicians

  • Andy Strange 27th Mar '09 - 11:21am

    Luton may be, as Alix says, neither here nor there, but is a fairly comfortable commuting distance from central London.

    It takes roughly an hour to an hour and a half. I know, I am doing it every working day at the moment.

    You don’t need a second home to represent Luton at Westminster.

    I’ve written about this on my blog.

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