MP John Cummings was also ordered to hand back a £50 Christmas bonus he gave to his London cleaner and £2,600 for cleaning a London home claimed in expenses from taxpayers, report the Sunderland Echo
Sir Thomas Legg, expenses auditor, said the money amounted to him overpaying £10 a week for his cleaning bill for his London home over a five-year period.
John Cummings said:
“I have received my letter from Sir Thomas Legg which requests the repayment of some of my cleaning costs, which I have agreed to repay immediately. The money that I am repaying is a result of the retrospective limit that Sir Thomas Legg has decided upon for cleaning costs. I have noted the outcome of the inquiry and will abide by its recommendations.”
The MPs’ co-operation with the Legg inquiry comes after politicians from all parties expressed their outrage at having to pay back money lawfully claimed on their expenses.
MP Bill Etherington has already come out and said he would rather go to court than pay back money if he was asked to do so by Sir Thomas.
He said MPs were being portrayed as crooks when all they had done was abided by the rules, and it would not do politicians any good if they admitted wrong doing when they had followed procedure
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