Ipswich MP's expenses claim tops �18,000

NORTH Ipswich and Central Suffolk MP Michael Lord has claimed over �18,000 in allowances, it was revealed today.

NORTH Ipswich and Central Suffolk MP Michael Lord has claimed over �18,000 in allowances, it was revealed today.

The claims of Mr Lord and other MP's are expected to come under fresh scrutiny today as thousands of new receipts were published online.

Documentation of claims made during the last financial year was uploaded on to the parliamentary website by House of Commons authorities.

In the papers, figures reveal that Mr Lord, claimed the money under the Commons additional costs allowance for 2008/09.

The �18,000 reflects the amount of council tax, mortgage costs, bill charges and maintenance of the Conservative MP.

The receipts also show that of the claimed amount, Mr Lord has spent over �2,000 in maintaining his garden - which appears to have preened on almost a weekly basis.

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The gardening bill conveys that around �130 was spent on a lawn solutions and fertilisers.

The papers were edited to cover up sensitive information, including account numbers, addresses and signatures.

The Labour MP for Ipswich, Chris Mole, appears to have claimed a relatively low amount.

His receipts from the last financial year reveal that the town MP only claimed �9,559 for the upkeep of his secondary home.

John Gummer, MP for Suffolk Coastal, is revealed to have claimed over �8,180 - of which �2,421 was spent on Kerosene.

Today's release information covers claims for costs incurred when staying away from the MPs' main home in 2008/09 and the first quarter of 2009/10.

Later today, the totals claimed by each MP in 2008/09 is set to be released, although senior MPs had initially planned to withhold the headline figures until after an extensive process of repayments had been completed in the New Year.

The saga over MPs expenses begun in May when the Daily Telegraph published details of previous claims - sparking massive outrage amongst the public.