Conservative MP David Curry repays £28,000 in expenses

The Guardian had the story this week about the former chair of the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee (yes, the former chair of the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee):

Tory MP David Curry was today ordered to repay £28,000 and issue an apology after the Commons standards and privileges committee ruled that he had broken rules relating to parliamentary expenses.

The findings are particularly embarrassing because Curry was chairman of the committee until he stood down in November last year after he called for an investigation into the expenses allegations made against him.

He was ordered to repay £28,000 because he used the second-home allowance to fund a cottage in his Skipton and Ripon constituency even though he hardly ever stayed the night there between July 2005 and March 2009.

You can read the full story here.

Helen Flynn is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Skipton and Ripon: information and contact details here.

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