MP John Mann expenses scandal

Published on 2 November 2019 by BrickTop

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Labour MP John Mann has defended himself after details of his expenses claims were revealed by a government watchdog.

The Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw claimed a staggering £176,236 according to data released from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Agency (IPSA). IPSA was created by the Parliamentary Standards Act following the expenses scandal in 2009. The act was amended in 2010 by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act to regulate MPs business costs and expenses, determine pay and pensions and provide financial support for MPs. Money claimed by Mr Mann between January and December 2018 was higher than the average of £158,264 claimed by MPs up and down the country. The Bassetlaw MPs expenses and costs included venue hire for surgeries, various purchases of other equipment from the Amazon marketplace, security at this office and a £198 payment for his mobile phone one month. Mr Mann told Lincolnshire Live: “Much of the things I have claimed expenses back on is pretty mundane stuff to be honest, such as paying for my staff, office costs and renting a room for surgeries. “None of that money has been spent on food or entertaining anyone. “I spend much of that money on travelling to London in second class. If I lived in London then I wouldn’t have to pay that charge – it would work out cheaper. “But then, I would be based away from my constituents. Having the constituency office in Worksop means that I can be contacted easily by the people I serve. “People will always complain about MPs and their expenses but that is part of a democracy. “This system means that it is now transparent, so MPs have to justify what they do and how they do it, which is a huge advance on 10 years ago.” Mr Mann has the fifth highest claims in the county out of 11 MPs in Nottinghamshire.