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MPs Lait and Neill must pay back expenses claim

PUBLISHED: 15:42 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

TWO MPs are among half of the House of Commons ordered to pay back more than £1 million in dodgy expense claims. Auditor Sir Thomas Legg

TWO MPs are among half of the House of Commons ordered to pay back more than £1 million in dodgy expense claims.

Auditor Sir Thomas Legg found 390 of the 752 MPs had over claimed in their expenses but reduced the number to 374 on appeal.

The figures, published last Thursday, revealed outgoing Beckenham MP Jacqui Lait had to pay back £1,041.59 and Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill was to pay back £283.50.

Both were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

Fellow Bromley borough MP John Horam, Conservative for Orpington, is not deemed to have over claimed.

The report came as three Labour MPs and a Tory peer face criminal charges of "dishonestly claiming" thousands of pounds in mortgages, rent, stationery and cleaning services.

Labour's Jim Devine, David Chaytor and Elliot Morley and the Tory peer Lord Hanningfield, have said they will defend themselves and will argue that they were covered by parliamentary privilege.

They are due to appear before City of Westminster magistrates on March 11, charged with false accounting under section 17 of the Theft Act 1968.

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