These are the candidates running for re-election with the highest MP expenses

Bridie Pearson-Jones
Wednesday 07 June 2017 16:45
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Due to the snap nature of this election, many MPs were automatically re-selected as candidates for their respective parties.

Since the Parliamentary expenses scandal in 2009, how much MPs claim on top of their £74,000 a year salary is thoroughly documented by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa).

Here at indy100 we've been digging through the archives to show you who has claimed the most and least in the calendar year leading up to 5 May 2017.

No duck houses, garlic-peeling sets, light bulbs, toilet seats or horse manure has been found - all items which had previously been claimed by MPs.

The MP that claimed the most was Karl McCartney, Conservative MP for Lincoln, who had a total of 199 claims totaling to £64,825.21 or £178 a day. £5,334.55 of such was in travel and £12,600.00 in accommodation.

Of the top 10 biggest claimants, two are Conservatives, six are members of the SNP and one is a Liberal Democrat.

It's worth noting however, that six out of the top 10 (all bar Karl McCartney and his Conservative colleague, Marcus Fysh, MP for Yeovil) were from Scotland - and thus understandably had high travel expenses as they had the longest distances to go to get between their constituency and Westminster.

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The biggest single claim was made by Marie Rimmer, Labour MP for St Helens South and Whiston, who made a claim of £13,200 for office rent.

The top ten biggest single claims were all for rent - four of the top ten were Conservative MPs, three were Labour, and two were SNP.

Only two of the constituencies - Jo Johnson's Orpington and Andy Slaughter's Hammersmith are in London and the South East, the area of the country with highest rents.

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If you exclude travel from the equation, Karl McCartney is still the biggest claimant, followed by Marcus Fysh - both Conservatives.

The top 9 has five Conservative claimants, three SNP, and one Labour.

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While it may seem like Tories are frivolous, the frugal MPs who have claimed the least, are also Tories, including Theresa May, Eric Pickes, Michael Fallon and Jacob Rees-Moog (and Zac Goldsmith who is an ex-Tory-Independent-Tory again, who is running to get his seat back that he lost in the by-election this year).

This could however be the law of statistics, as the Tories have the most MPs, they are also likely to have more at the peaks and troughs.

Zac Goldsmith presumably claimed very little as he was busy running for London Mayor in summer 2016, and then failing to be re-elected by his Richmond constituency in December 2016.

indy100 has been contacted by Karl McCartney who has clarified that his allowances include a significant sum for contractors. Mr McCartney employs certain members of staff as contractors instead of full-time staff on the parliamentary payroll, this decision he says provides better value for money for the taxpayer - particularly during parliamentary recess and extended holiday periods. Due to the terms of employment, other MPs’ payroll staff costs don't count towards their total allowances as these staff costs are not included in their allowances claims.

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