“The government’s housing minister has defended claims of almost £31,000 for London hotel stays, despite owning a home in Essex.
Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis spent nearly £15,000 last year on 99 overnight stays and about £16,000 the year before, The Sunday Times reported.
Mr Lewis opted to stay in the capital rather than travel home to Essex, the paper said.
In a statement, he said all the claims complied with parliamentary rules.
A spokesman for his office said: “Every expense claim is entirely in accordance with the rules and approved by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).”
Privately, he is said to be “hurt” by the allegations.
Nearly all the stays were at the Park Plaza hotel, near Parliament, for which Mr Lewis would typically claim £450 for three nights and £750 for a five-night-stay.”
Life is tough, isn’t it!! It’s hard being a politician, we really must learn not to hurt their feelings. Especially when this one owns three homes in Essex – what a responsibility for the poor fellow.
Sorry- its only two houses in Essex , but another one in Norfolk! together worth over three million.