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Wirral MPs' annual expenses published today
WIRRAL’S four MPs received more than half-a-million pounds in expenses between them, new figures released today show.
On top of their £65,000 salaries, our local Parliamentarians shared £569,356 to cover costs such as their constituency offices, London accommodation, staffing and travel.
Newly-promoted Wirral West MP Esther McVey claimed a total of £143,259 for 2011/2012; Wallasey MP Angela Eagle claimed £140,199; Wirral South’s Alison McGovern claimed £154,251 and Birkenhead MP Frank Field, £131,647.
In total, Westminster MPs claimed £89m.
The annual figures have been published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, set up in response to the MPs expenses scandal of 2009.
Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA chairman, said in a statement: “Today we have released this information for 2011/2012. In short, we are delivering genuine openness – the kind of which was inconceivable just a few years ago.
“And what do we learn from all of the information?
Well, as I see it, three things. First, the expenses scandal is behind us.
“Remember what it was like – report after report of MPs claiming for all sorts of things; ‘ flipping' homes; no system of scrutiny; and all this behind closed doors. That world is behind us. We have overhauled the system and the expenses scandal is clearly history.
“Second, MPs are keeping to the rules. 99% of claims are within the new rules.
“So it isn’t just us doing our job – MPs are behaving responsibly and claiming within the rules.
“Third, we are talking about significant sums of money. We should be clear about this. We are publishing the details of £89m worth of costs and expenses – about the same like-for-like sum as last year."
He concluded: “What we now have are clear, fair rules setting out what MPs can claim, with an independent regulator to govern the system, and transparency so we can all see where our money goes. “