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Suffolk: Extent of MP’s free London 2012 tickets is revealed

09:56 18 February 2013

Therese Coffey with Michael Prescott from BT

Therese Coffey with Michael Prescott from BT


THE full extent of free tickets Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey received to attend the London Olympics has been revealed.


Dr Coffey, who was an Olympic ambassador for the Government, visited the water polo with a £30 ticket from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

She also declared hospitality costs of £350 from DCMS because of her ambassadorial role, listed as covering approximately five hours.

Dr Coffey’s parliamentary office said it appeared she was the only MP to declare her attendance at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, but there were others there.

They added the 100m final did not need to be declared on the MPs’ register as it was “under the limit”.

MPs are required to register gifts, benefits and hospitality valued at more than 1% of their annual parliamentary salary, which equates to £660, from the same source in the course of a calendar year.

Dr Coffey declined to comment further on the tickets.

In total, the Government purchased 8,641 tickets for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games at a cost of £1.17m.

There were 10.99 million tickets sold for both competitions.



  • It would be better if MPs had to declare all hospitality and benefits and then the electorate could decide what was appropriate and what to disreguard.

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    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Nice to see that yet again "we're all in it together"- except, of course, for our MPs who are as usual on the First Class Gravy Train. As BT is the choice for improving Suffolk's broadband (an appalling decision, in my view, as they are rubbish and still behave like a State-owned monopoly), it would seem to be at best, unwise for Ms. Coffey to be "schmoozing" with BT, when she is apparently involved or has influence in the decision to award the job to them.

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    T Doff

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • It would be better if MPs had to declare all hospitality and benefits and then the electorate could decide what was appropriate and what to disreguard.

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    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • MPs deserve to get free tickets for events such as this. They work long hours, have such brief holidays, get paid so little, have such few perks, have difficulty finding well-paid jobs when they retire (or are booted out), have low pensions, cannot claim much in expenses, often have to look after two houses (one paid for by the taxpayer) and then have the stress of selling it at a profit (which they keep), have to go on foreign trips for reasons few of us understand, award themselves bigger pay rises than allowed to ordinary working people, have highly subsidised bars in The Commons, get made Lords even if they are incompetent as MPs or Ministers. Tough life. How do they cope?

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    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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