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Our MPs' expenses at a glance

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: June 19, 2009

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The following is sample of some of the expenses that Westcountry MPs have claimed for, compiled by WMN London Editor Matt Chorley.

CORNWALL MPs

Colin Breed - Lib-Dem, South East Cornwall

Claims included £66.97 for repairs to "post box lock"; £435.50 to "supply and fit curtain track, curtains and fittings" for sitting room and bedroom and fit wardrobe doors; £130 on bed linen; £3,650 for redecorating and £1,806 for carpets, including paying the fitter to move his furniture.

Food: £14,750 (four years)

2007-08: £17,807

2006-07: £16,244

2005-06: £14,571

2004-05: £20,902

Andrew George - Lib-Dem, St Ives

Claims included £30,953 for hotel bills and £9,919 for meals before buying a flat in 2006/07. After, claims included £3,999.12 on furniture and beds, including a £4.25 oven glove, £1.38 toilet brush and £2.49 grater; £249 futon; £200 sofabed; £20 torch; £450 television; £160 for two radios; £970 new bath and shower; and £4.99 on a telescopic flick duster.

Food: £12,175 (four years)

2007-08: £23,083

2006-07: £22,110

2005-06: £21,634

2004-05: £16,382

Julia Goldsworthy - Lib-Dem, Falmouth and Camborne

Claims included £912 for a designer pink rocking chair (later repaid after public outcry); £291 matching pink footstool; £4,364 on three-year cleaning bill; £3,189 stamp duty; £999 television; £995 on a sofabed; a survey costing £485; £400 on a valuation; £350 solicitor's fees; £790 curtains; £89 dustbin; £40 wall clock; £474 washer dryer; £364 fridge freezer; £200 carpet; £200 vacuum; £214 on lamps and shades; £99 lambs' wool rug and other homewares totalling £1,544.

Food: £14,000 (three years)

2007-08: £21,576

2006-07: £22,004

2005-06: £21,563

2004-05: Not elected

Dan Rogerson - Lib-Dem, North Cornwall

Claims included £2,500 stamp duty; £1,572 legal fees and £340 survey

when buying London flat in 2005. Also claimed £700 for sofas; £190

vacuum; £200 "Santini Bistro Set"; £130 air conditioning unit; £105 new

wardrobe door and £120 on cushions. The kitchenware bill reached £522

including £20 sandwich toaster and £27 on oven gloves and tea towels.

Food: £3,230 (three years)

2007-08: £22,931

2006-07: £21,648

2005-06: £21,625

2004-05: Not elected

Matthew Taylor - Lib-Dem, Truro and St Austell

Claims included £382 bedding and towels; £49.92 lawnmower; £250 tumble dryer; £900 MDF cupboards; £1,373.55 curtains and blinds; £486.69 gardening; £170 to service noisy extractor fan"; £350 garden clearance; £220 cotbed; £809 rewiring and repairs; £202 bedding; £67.45 miscellaneous utensils. Submitted claim for £188.99 for high-chair but not paid. Repaid £730 for outdoor table and chairs bought to use indoors in the wake of the John Lewis list being published which banned outdoor items.

Food: £4,365 (four years)

2007-08: £23,083

2006-07: £22,110

2005-06: £21,643

2004-05: £20,902

DEVON MPs

Ben Bradshaw - Lab, Exeter

Claims included mainly mortgage interest costs, council tax, utilities bills. Also included £2,596.75 new boiler; £2,000 cleaning over four years.

Food: £0

2007-08: £19,715

2006-07: £13,918

2005-06: £9,775

2004-05: £13,160

Angela Browning - Con, Tiverton and Honiton

Claims included £399 on custom-made curtains; £1,045 on decorating and cupboards; £849 on sofa covers; £4,088.29 on moving house, including redirecting mail and disconnecting a dishwasher; £112.90 on steam cleaning; £199 on "allergy" vacuum; £2,002 decorating kitchen; £110 for "chair cover/pins"; £79 on carpet cleaning; £30 on a kettle; £37 on picture frames; £715 replacement carpet colour "moon shadow"; £85 stepladder; £1,104 on "Sandringham" radiator covers; £349 on a washing machine; £155 bedspread and cushions; £699 on fixing a leaking toilet and sink; £33.44 on household items including ironing board and cover; £66.47 electric fan; £40 dry cleaning; £112 on linen; £55 chair repairs; £96 bedding; £110 pillows and covers; £168.68 mirror; £130 replacement bed head.

Food: £9,438.31 (four years)

2007-08: £22,873

2006-07: £20,376

2005-06: £19,781

2004-05: £20,902

Geoffrey Cox - Con, Torridge and West Devon

Made monthly mortgage interest payments of £1,750 in 2005-06 and 2006-07. This was his only regular claim.

Food: £0

2007-08: £20,250

2006-07: £19,250

2005-06: £18,685

2004-05: Not elected

Linda Gilroy - Lab, Plymouth Sutton

On top of mortgage costs, claimed £675 for cleaning bills; £24.99 electric fan in 2005- 06 – the only furnishings claim. Agreed to repay almost £2,000 after claiming twice for two bills, including council tax.

Food: £3,000 (four years)

2007-08: £20,283

2006-07: £21,938

2005-06: £21,634

2004-05: £16,007

Nick Harvey - Lib-Dem, North Devon

In addition to accommodation costs, he also claimed £2,544 for cleaning his second home and £928.25 for a boiler repair in 2006-07. No furnishings claimed in last four years.

Food: £2,810 (four years)

2007-08: £23,036

2006-07: £22,103

2005-06: £21,623

2004-05: £20,901

Adrian Sanders, Lib-Dem, Torbay

Claims included £738 on bed linen in one year; £59.86 stepladder; £62 sautée pan; £56.90 kettle; £218 bedroom curtains; £12.60 lightbulbs; £227 rug; £64.50 plant pots; £15.10 batteries; £22.40 dusters and polish; £230.55 louvre blinds; £198 coffee table; £34.99 wine rack; £29 doormat; £179 dining table chairs; £120 speakers for CD player; £55 vase; £87.99 coffee maker; £98 bathroom shower curtain; £218 bedroom curtains; £139.99 standard lamp; £112.25 plugs and tools – screwdriver, dustpan and brush, wastebins, towels filing tray, pillow cases, bath mat; £37.98 bedside lamps; £139.99 DVD player; £102.98 digi box and batteries; £62.99 bedside lamp; £34.99 CD holder; £60 wall clock.

Food: £15,735 (four years)

2007-08: £19,924

2006-07: £20,099

2005-06: £18,753

2004-05: £18,354

Alison Seabeck, Lab, Plymouth Devonport

Claims included a TV for £489.97; £279.99 washing machine, £119.99 fridge; £59.98 wardrobe; £707 bed and mattress; £12.97 toaster; £16.98 kettle; £9.98 iron; £5.99 saucepan; £29.97 DVD player; £42.50 duvet and sheets. Also claimed £75 for a night in a Plymouth hotel after leaving her keys in London.

Food: £550 (three years)

2007-08: £20,037

2006-07: £22,110

2005-06: £21,634

2004-05: Not elected

Anthony Steen, Con, Totnes

Claims included £4,812 work on sewage system; £2,269.45 per year on council tax; £210.33 to fix leaking shower; £102 to fix oil fired boiler; £293 servicing of AGA and Rayburn and £5.78 set of wicks; £340 to "top cherry tree by 15 per cent"; £14.85 keys; £763.75 scaffolding for chimney repairs; £940 scaffolding for painting and decorating; £120 fencing; £1,101.15 decorating, lime wash and window repairs; £392 to repair collapsed wall; £80 to repaint front doors; £55 check paving and repoint; £140 maintenance on cottage; £950 cleaning; £164.50 to hire mini digger; £705 top soil; £157.98 for new immersion heater; £2,610 tree surgery; £375 for cleaning windows inside and out; £138.26 repairs to dishwasher and washing machine; £6.90 plants for tubs; £19.96 plant containers for balcony; £6.94 fertiliser; £597.14 lighting; £35.84 herbicide and tree tags; £722.63 "1 manufactured fire dogs and grate – all polished and lacquered"; £4.500 in total for monthly gardening bills.

Food: £3,489 (four years)

2007-08: £23,083

2006-07: £22,110

2005-06: £21,634

2004-05: £20,902

Gary Streeter, Con, South West Devon

Claims mainly included mortgage, council tax and utilities bills; £188 two rugs; £100.25 curtains; £137.64 small household goods including lightbulbs; cleaning bills totalled more than £1,300 over three years. Receipts from 2004-05 have been lost by Commons authorities.

Food: £6,230 (three years)

2007-08: £22,096

2006-07: £22,110

2005-06: £21,613

2004-05: £20,878

Hugo Swire -Con, East Devon

Claims mainly included rent on Devon home and utility bills; also £128 servicing AGA; £542 for new bathroom suite and decorating; £3,690 cleaning. Detailed receipts for 2004-05 not published by Commons authorities.

Food: £4,401 (three years)

2007-08: £22,802

2006-07: £22,022

2005-06: £21,453

2004-05: £20,899

Richard Younger-Ross - Lib-Dem, Teignbridge

Has repaid £6,352.01 for "luxury" items bought on expenses including a £1,120 hi-fi, four mirrors, a £1,475 designer chest of drawers and a "Don Juan" bookcase. Items claimed for include £140 "Partington super dreadnought graphite" speaker stands; a £225 Brigitte Forestier bedroom stool; a £189 DVD player; £64 on cushions; two rugs totalling £300; curtains £45 and a £266 "upright cleaner". He also claimed £1,510 for cleaning his second home.

Food: £9,650 (four years)

2007-08: £22,228

2006-07: £21,513

2005-06: £18,638

2004-05: £20,615

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    Justin, Cornwall  |  June 19 2009, 4:52PM

    Just like that classic track from the 1980's band Dire Straits. . .Money for Nothing. Great song,shame about the MP's.

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    a g rawlings, truro  |  June 19 2009, 4:41PM

    No frank, let them see the real world, give them a Job in Tesco's, and make them live on a council estate for one year. That should teach them about how a lot of decent people live in the real world.

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    Frank, Holsworthy  |  June 19 2009, 3:28PM

    Let's get rid of the lot of them. Rotten to the core, all of them. They're taking us for the ride the likes of which have not been seen in Disney Land. £XXk on food? The rest of us have to pay for our food from our wages/salaries. Let's have some public floggings!

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    a g rawlings, truro  |  June 19 2009, 2:52PM

    Under the freedom of information act we have been given the MP's receipts that are blanked out. This remines me of an old TV programe that our politicans adhere to with their expences. YES YOU HAVE GOT IT, BLANKETY BLANK.

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    Malcolm, The Lost Land of North Cornwall  |  June 19 2009, 1:00PM

    What rankles the most, besides disgust at these nrevalations of misuse of public funds, is the sheer hypocricy of these people. They all claim that these costs are their rightful entitlement and they need to live in luxury, in a large house/flat, as befits their status. If you are a married couple on low earnings and need a housing benefit top up in order to meet your rent you are only entitled to one lounge and one bedroom. Who decides your entitlement - yep! these same greedy, grabbing bunch of MP's.

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    Jim Smith, UK  |  June 19 2009, 10:16AM

    Disgraceful!!!

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