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Second home cuts for MPs

PUBLISHED: 17:35 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010

GREATER London MPs have lost the right to claim for second homes. MPs voted last Thursday evening to stop peers who have a

GREATER London MPs have lost the right to claim for second homes.

MPs voted last Thursday evening to stop peers who have a constituency within 20 miles of Westminster claiming nearly £24,000 in additional costs allowance (ACA), but they will still be entitled to a £7,500 London allowance.

Beckenham MP Jacqui Lait, who owns a home in Rye, East Sussex, voted against the change.

Neither Mrs Lait nor Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill, or MP for Orpington, John Horam, will now be eligible to claim for second homes.

For the year 2007/08, Mr Neil claimed £19,108, £15,478 and Mr Horam claimed £11,452. Mrs Lait claimed £15,478.

The reforms were pushed through before the independent review by Sir Christopher Kelly which will look at changing the process of how MPs claim expenses. Last Saturday Labour peer Baroness Uddin became the latest MP to hit the headlines after newspaper reports alleged she had claimed £100,000 of taxpayers' money for a home in Maidstone which neighbours said was left unoccupied for years.

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