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Borough MPs Caroline Spelman and Lorely Burt not criticised in expenses row

THE borough’s two MPs, Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman, have managed - so far - to escape the damaging flak in the parliamentary expenses row.

THE borough’s two MPs, Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman, have managed - so far - to escape the damaging flak in the parliamentary expenses row.

Neither has featured in the recent expose on claims politicians have made from the public purse, which has been running for nearly two weeks.

Mrs Spelman (Con, Meriden) was investigated by the parliamentary commissioner for standards over payments she made from expenses to her nanny, and ordered earlier this year to repay £9,600.

Meanwhile, details of communications allowance claims submitted by the two MPs have been revealed in figures published by House of Commons authorities.

The allowance permits MPs to charge the taxpayer for leaflets, letters and websites which tell the public about their work. The publicity material is supposed to be informative and not include party propaganda.

The figures show Mrs Spelman spent £7,057 in the year 2007-8 and Mrs Burt (Lib Dem, Solihull) £5,609.

Collectively, West Midlands MPs claimed for £442,321 during the year. However, four of the 51 claimed nothing at all.

 

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