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Expenses quotes

Issue No. 2151

‘All the claims were within the House of Commons rules’
The standard response of all MPs

‘Plump cushions daily’
Instructions on John Reid’s £370 armchair

‘Most of the ceilings have Artex coverings. Three-dimensional swirls. It could be a matter of taste but this counts as “dilapidations” in my book.’
Work and pensions minister Kitty Ussher claiming £22,100 for a makeover of her second home

‘I haven’t yet bought a house, although I’m in the early stages. It’s still OK to claim, isn’t it? It seems stupid to carry it over into my next year when a large chunk of my additional claims allowance would go unused.’
Iain Wright, communities minister, trying to claim for a second home he didn’t have

‘38p for a Muller Crunch Corner yogurt and £1.06 for a pizza from Asda’
Expenses claim by Shaun Woodward, the Northern Ireland secretary whose wealth is estimated at around £15 million

‘Wholly, exclusively and necessarily on parliamentary duties’
What the rules say about what expenses can be spent on

‘The pool came with house and I needed to know how to run it. Once I was shown that one time, there were no more claims. I believe this represents “value for money” for the taxpayer.’
Tory MP Stewart Jackson


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Who Says?
Tue 12 May 2009, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2151
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