Clacton MP Douglas Carswell defends expenses claims

First published in Clacton, Frinton & Walton

CLACTON MP Douglas Carswell has defended the amount of cash he claimed on expenses over the last year.

Figures have been released for the MP expense claims between April 2011 and March 2012.

Mr Carswell chalked up claims totalling £39,442.86 in that time span, the highest claim of any MP in Essex.

His biggest claims were just over £14,000 for office costs and nearly £13,400 in accommodation costs.

He also claimed £4,300 for travel expenses and more than £2,500 for stationary.

Mr Carswell says his claims figure is higher than other MPs in the county because he has to rent accommodation close to the House of Commons.

He said: “Gazette readers have a right to know how taxpayer money is used by their representatives.

“Given the anti-social hours the Commons sits, and the fact I have a young family, I need to have a home both in my Clacton constituency, and close to the House of Commons.

“I therefore rent a modest two bedroom property, and that accounts for a large portion of my claim.

“For the record, I have only ever rented a property, and never charged any mortgage to the taxpayer.

“Other costs relate to the costs associated with doing my job, such as office costs, the cost of renting a constituency office, staff costs and work related travel costs.

“If MPs were not able to claim any such costs, I imagine only independently wealthy individuals and those with private means would stand for office, as was the case at one time.”

In comparison Harwich MP Bernard Jenkin claimed just under £21,000 in the same time period, while Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell claimed just under £26,000.

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3:34pm Thu 26 Jul 12

jcakebre says...

If he is renting a property close to the House of Commons why is his travel costs so high?!! £2,500 for stationery? Bloody expensive pens !!!
If he is renting a property close to the House of Commons why is his travel costs so high?!! £2,500 for stationery? Bloody expensive pens !!! jcakebre
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7:52pm Thu 26 Jul 12

swissy says...

Disgraceful
Disgraceful swissy
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9:27pm Thu 26 Jul 12

peachey says...

“If MPs were not able to claim any such costs, I imagine only independently wealthy individuals and those with private means would stand for office, as was the case at one time.”

Oh you mean the likes of David Cameron and George Osborne but to name a few!
“If MPs were not able to claim any such costs, I imagine only independently wealthy individuals and those with private means would stand for office, as was the case at one time.” Oh you mean the likes of David Cameron and George Osborne but to name a few! peachey
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8:35pm Sat 28 Jul 12

swissy says...

He's only allowed to caim £22k, so surely he'll be asked to repay some of the money!
He's only allowed to caim £22k, so surely he'll be asked to repay some of the money! swissy
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12:16pm Tue 31 Jul 12

andyinessex says...

Nice little earner. If I tried to claim £10 a year in expenses, I'd be out of work.
Nice little earner. If I tried to claim £10 a year in expenses, I'd be out of work. andyinessex
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12:16pm Tue 31 Jul 12

andyinessex says...

Nice little earner. If I tried to claim £10 a year in expenses, I'd be out of work.
Nice little earner. If I tried to claim £10 a year in expenses, I'd be out of work. andyinessex
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12:17pm Tue 31 Jul 12

andyinessex says...

Nice little earner. If I tried to claim £10 a year in expenses, I'd be out of work.
Nice little earner. If I tried to claim £10 a year in expenses, I'd be out of work. andyinessex
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12:21pm Tue 31 Jul 12

andyinessex says...

Sorry about the 3 repetitive comments. My broadband is SO slow. :o(
Sorry about the 3 repetitive comments. My broadband is SO slow. :o( andyinessex
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8:02pm Tue 31 Jul 12

swissy says...

You wanna get your MP to get your broadband fixed, he must haveca few terrabits to lend!
You wanna get your MP to get your broadband fixed, he must haveca few terrabits to lend! swissy
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8:03pm Tue 31 Jul 12

swissy says...

Hopefully he can help me spell!
Hopefully he can help me spell! swissy
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7:33am Wed 1 Aug 12

andyinessex says...

Hahahaha! :o)
Hahahaha! :o) andyinessex
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10:11am Wed 1 Aug 12

thekingofjaywick says...

swissy wrote:
Hopefully he can help me spell!
doubt it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]swissy[/bold] wrote: Hopefully he can help me spell![/p][/quote]doubt it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thekingofjaywick
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5:03pm Sun 5 Aug 12

TonyLR2 says...

Now I know why he's not interested in the unreliable train service we suffer in Clacton/Walton - unlike his constituents he's got a tax payer funded second home in London. If neighbouring MP Bernard Jenkin can get by on expenses of £21,000pa, why does Douglas have to claim almost double this?
Now I know why he's not interested in the unreliable train service we suffer in Clacton/Walton - unlike his constituents he's got a tax payer funded second home in London. If neighbouring MP Bernard Jenkin can get by on expenses of £21,000pa, why does Douglas have to claim almost double this? TonyLR2
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