MPs claim £23,000 in expenses

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MPS in our region claimed more than £23,000 in expenses from May to September.

The highest claim was made by Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, who submitted expenses for £9,195, which included more than £4,000 for professional services and £2,875 for a computer. West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock claimed a total of £7,784, with more than £3,800 for professional services, more than £400 for stationery, which included a satellite navigation device, and more than £500 for advertising.

South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo submitted expenses for £3,543, which included £693 for website hosting, more than £400 for one month’s phone usage, £487 for contact cards and £149 for a transcription kit bought from ebay. Central Suffolk MP Daniel Poulter submitted expenses for £3,106, claiming more than £2,700 for two months’ accommodation.

David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, was sick during the claim period and submitted no expenses.