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MPs' expenses: Hazel Blears

Parliament has published the details of MPs' expenses. The documents, which have chunks blacked out to hide addresses and other sensitive information, cover financial years from 2004 to 2008 and have been released in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

Details of individual MPs expenses were initially published by the Daily Telegraph. Where it made claims about individual MPs they have been reflected in these pages - as have MPs' responses to those claims.

Labour MP for Salford

Blears, Rt Hon Hazel
2007-08
Total expenses
£164,791
of which second
home allowance
£23,083

CLAIMS AND RESPONSES

Claim:The communities secretary claimed for three different properties in a single year, spending almost 5,000 of taxpayers' money on furniture in three months, the Telegraph reports.

She also claimed for stays at London hotels after selling her flat. In March 2004, she declared her property in her Salford constituency was her second home and spent 850 on a television and video and 651 on a mattress. In April, she switched her second home to a flat in south London, claiming 850 a month for the mortgage.

In August, she sold the flat, making a 45,000 profit, and stayed in hotels over the following two months. In December, she bought another London flat for 300,000, claiming a monthly mortgage of 1,000 and a grocery bill of 400.

It was also reported that she claimed for accountancy services and a 219 digital camera.

Response: Ms Blears has admitted she did not pay capital gains tax (CGT) on the 45,000 profit from the flat sale and has agreed to repay 13,332. CGT is charged at 40% on the sale of homes the Inland Revenue does not consider to be a main residence. At the time, it was registered as her second home for expenses purposes. Ms Blears said she had complied with both Commons and Revenue and Customs rules but had agreed to repay the tax anyway. Ms Blears said her outlay on furnishings - such as mattresses and pillows - was "reasonable". She added that her use of an accountancy firm was in line with Commons rules.

RECEIPTS

The links below will take you to the original documents on Parliament's website. As the links have been automatically generated it is possible a small percentage of them may not work.

Hundreds of pages of receipts have been published for each MP. If you see anything interesting, or if any of the links above are broken please tell us here. This is what you've spotted so far.




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