Judge us over year, says King’s Lynn MP

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Voters should judge MPs’ expenses claims over a whole year rather than over a shorter period, Lynn’s MP, Henry Bellingham, has claimed.

The comment was made after new documents released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), suggested that Mr Bellingham had claimed more than £10,000 in expenses during August and September of last year, a figure among the highest of all Norfolk’s MPs.

But Mr Bellingham said a large proportion of the total was taken up by annual costs, such as buildings insurance and rent for his constituency office.

He added that he had been among the bottom 10 per cent of claimers during the last financial year.

He said yesterday: “Judge my claims over the whole of the year, not just one batch.”

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss was reported to have made the lowest total claim of all the Norfolk MPs, a total of £2,580.32. She said all her claims were in support of her constituency work.

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