Tuesday, 11 December 2018

MP claims 9p travel expenses

ROB WILSON, the MP for Reading East, claimed 9p in travel expenses for a 350—yard car

ROB WILSON, the MP for Reading East, claimed 9p in travel expenses for a 350—yard car journey.

The Conservative MP made the claim for the journey from his home in Caversham to a nearby street last March.

Mr Wilson, who was first elected in 2005, also claimed 13p for a drive of less than a mile and various other journeys worth less than £1.

The claims were approved by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and published on the authority’s website.

Mr Wilson says he had saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds by commuting to London for Parliamentary engagements but that shorter journeys in his constituency “add up”.



He said: “I am a very active local MP and I get out and about to meet my constituents every week.

“I do use my car to cut down the travelling time so I can visit many constituents and local organisations in the time available.

“Many of my journeys are over fairly short distances of a few miles, but with a number of visits each week, over a year the mileage does add up.

“I can see how small claims might look odd but it is important that all MPs do the job properly and stay connected with local people.”



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