MPs hit back in energy expense claims debate

Nigel Evans
Nigel Evans

Lancashire MPs criticised for having energy bills paid on expenses have hit back, saying they have done nothing wrong.

A national newspaper revealed that 340 MPs made legitimate claims for their energy bills for heating their second homes.

The investigation also revealed that Ribble Valley Conservative MP Nigel Evans claimed £848.76 for energy bills while Mark Menzies, Fylde Conservative MP, claimed £434.72 for electricity.

Ben Wallace, Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North, claimed £139.24 for fuel. David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale Conservative MP, claimed £213.23 and Rosie Cooper, Lancashire West Labour MP, claimed £147.06 for electricity and gas.

Preston Labour MP Mark Hendrick claimed £916.98 for his electric and gas bills in 12 months.

However, Chorley Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle and Eric Ollerenshaw, Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, did not make any energy bill expenses claims for their second homes.

Mr Hendrick said: “This has been going on for more than 10 years and is nothing new. No one has done anything wrong as it is in the rules.”

Mr Ollerenshaw says that while he does not claim for energy bills himself at his second home in London, he does not see a problem with MPs making these expenses claims.

The MP said: “It is for their second home which they need because of the nature of the job.”

Ms Cooper added her claims were in line with the rules set by The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

The other MPs did not respond by deadline.