The Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell claimed £19,000 worth of expenses on cleaning and decorating his home, it has been revealed.
He spent nearly £12,000 between 2004-05 and 2007-08, including £2,500 on decorating his home and £2,650 on a new boiler.
Mr Mitchell also claimed over £9,000 for cleaning and maintaining the garden at his second home, including a £220 bill for “gardening and shrubbery removal”.
Last night, Mr Mitchell said: “The £2,000 monthly rate that I claim is less than the cost that I have incurred maintaining my second home and is less than the amount I would have been entitled to claim.”
The MP added that the costs for gardening were just for maintenance and, in the nine years since he bought the house, it had been necessary to carry out “repairs, redecorations and renewals” and to buy “a small amount of furniture”.
With a salary of £64,766 a year, Andrew Mitchell claimed £22,831 in 2007/8 on his second home.
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