MPs’ new business expenses revealed

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THE cost to taxpayers of funding the North East’s MPs’ business costs has topped £4million, according to a new report.

Figures show that David Miliband, vice-chairman of Sunderland AFC and MP for South Shields, claimed £170,499.57 to pay for expenses such as travel, accommodation and staffing of his constituency office.

The total, according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, is understood to be the second-highest of all MPs in the region.

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell’s expenses claims were shown to be the lowest. The report stated that he claimed a total of £117,262.35.

IPSA was created in 2009 by the Parliamentary Standards Act to independently monitor and control MPs’ expenses, pay and pensions.