Shropshire and Mid Wales MPs' £30,000 expenses... in just two months

MPs in Shropshire and Mid Wales claimed more than £30,000 in expenses in a two-month period, new figures have revealed.

Shropshire and Mid Wales MPs' £30,000 expenses... in just two months

More than a third of that was claimed by Mid Wales MP Glyn Davies, who received more than £13,000 between December 2014 and January this year.

The full list of claims for every MP that was sitting at the time has been released by the parliamentary watchdog Ipsa.

It released the figures as a two-month snapshot of the expenses claimed by the 650 MPs at Westminster.

The figures for what has been claimed by our representatives in Whitehall have traditionally been released annually – but the Government standards watchdog this week published the amounts for December 2014 and January this year.

Ipsa released the information to the press, breaking it down to every MP in Parliament. Ludlow MP Philip Dunne was particularly critical of the move, despite claiming the least amount of the six Shropshire and Mid Wales MPs over the period.

Despite claiming £1,027.63 over the period, Mr Dunne said he could not understand why the parliamentary watchdog had published just two months of figures.

"Publishing just two months of expenses is very unrepresentative," he said.

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies had the largest claim, including more than £2,000 for stamps. He said he had sent a lot of mail in December and January. "I did use a lot of stamps for invites to community meetings," he said.

Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski said: "I am always intrigued by the fascination with MPs' expenses," he said. "I don't understand what the story is."

Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard, who claimed £5,995.12, declined to comment.

In the financial year running from April 2013 to April last year, the last for which full figures are available, the six MPs claimed nearly £1 million between them. The £908,977 figure, which includes the running of constituency offices, general administration and travel expenses, was up from £859,556.64 in 2012/13.

Ipsa – the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority – reveals Mr Davies, who retained his seat in Montgomeryshire at last week's General Election, claimed a little under £13,100 in the two-month period.

The figures show he claimed more than £180 for "late night food", nearly £80 on taxis and £2,210 on stamps.

The next highest claimer was Tory MP Mark Pritchard, who also regained his seat last week for The Wrekin.

His total of £5,995.12 claimed included more than £650 on website design, £168 on newspapers, more than £100 on stamps and £18 on window cleaning.

David Wright, who lost his seat for Labour in Telford to Tory Lucy Allan, claimed £5,922. His included nearly £2,500 on hotel stays in London, around £300 on phone and mobile bills and nearly £180 on London congestion charges.

Mr Wright claimed for a number of smaller journeys around the constituency, including a four-mile trip into the town centre for £1.80.

Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczysnki, who was re-elected last week, put in claims for a total of £5,848.89.

His claims included a spend of more than £3,500 on rented accommodation and £276 on a hotel for a European trip.

Mr Kawczynski also spent nearly £400 on parking, the figures said.

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson claimed £5,341.25. Achunk – £3,380 – was claimed by the former Environment Minister for rented accommodation. Mr Paterson put in a claim for nearly £350 to cover the fuel of staff from London on a constituency visit, while he also filed an expenses claim of more than £300 for newspapers.

The lowest figure by some distance was for Philip Dunne, the MP for Ludlow.

According to the Ipsa figures, he claimed just £1,027.63 over the two-month period, including a claim for nearly £150 for printer cartridges. He spent just £156.80 on travel.

Ipsa, the regulatory body set up after the scandal over MPs' expenses, regularly releases details of payments to MPs.

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