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Conservative Exchequer Secretary and MP for South West Hertfordshire, David Gauke, claimed £13k to pay his mortgage
Taxpayers contributed more than £13,000 to the MP of South West Hertfordshire’s mortgage, new expenses figures have revealed.
Figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) showed David Gauke claimed £13,627 between May 2010 and July 2012.
However the Conservative Exchequer Secretary said he had since sold the flat, to which the claims relate.
The figures released last week also show Mr Gauke had to pay back the authority £26,762 capital gains he made on the sale.
Mr Gauke said he bought the London flat six years ago because of his late working hours.
He said: "I had a London flat which I bought in 2007 because of late nights and so on.
"I sold the flat in August 2012 and all the money was repaid."
Commenting on MPs expenses in general, Mr Gauke said: "I have always been one of the lower claimers for the expenses. I’ve complied with the rules and that is the approach I have always taken."
The practice of MPs claiming public money to pay-off interest on mortgages on their second homes was banned in the wake of the expenses scandal in 2009.
IPSA allowed an adjustment period where MPs could still claim on their mortgages until August 2012.
The figures showed none of the other neighbouring MPs for Watford, Hertsmere and Dacorum claimed for interest payments in the time covered by the latest figures.
The report released by the new parliamentary expenses watchdog also details Mr Gauke’s business costs and allowances including money claimed to cover the cost of running a constituency office, accommodation, travel, subsistence, staffing and payroll.
Mr Gauke’s other expenses include £3253.66 spent on accommodation and £344.70 paid towards travel costs.
Staff payroll costs amounted to £102,546.40, with additional staff spending totalling £5910.
All this accumulated to a total spend of £17,714.27 in the last financial year.
These claims are on top of Mr Gauke’s basic salary of £65,738.
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