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New Labour’s expensive scam

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Millions of people across Britain struggle through decaying public transport systems every morning to get to work.
Issue 2144

Millions of people across Britain struggle through decaying public transport systems every morning to get to work.

But for our hard-pressed MPs, there is some respite – a chance to claim unlimited travel expenses, including first class train tickets and business class flights. Overall, MPs claim a whopping £4.5 million in travel expenses.

But for those such as government minister Tony McNulty who find the commute too stressful, MPs can also claim expenses on a second home.

This covers rent or mortgage interest payments, hotel expenses, telephone and utility bills, furnishings, cleaning, insurance and repairs as well as a “subsistence allowance” of £25 for every night away from their main home.

In McNulty’s case that is £25 a night for staying with his wife in west London – a mere eight miles away from his “main home” with his parents.

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