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Charities to get MP compensation
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Mr Steen accumulated 20 court summonses over the charge
Two Devon charities are to benefit from compensation paid to an MP by the body behind Ken Livingstone's congestion charge, Transport for London (TfL).

Totnes MP Anthony Steen has won 400 compensation from TfL after complaining about unjustified fines.

He had pre-paid the charge for his car, but TfL was unable to cope with new details when he changed it, and kept fining him as he drove to the Commons.

The Totnes Hospital League of Friends and Totnes Museum will benefit.

Conservative MP Mr Steen took his two-year battle to the Local Government Ombudsman after paying 350 and accumulating 20 court summonses as TfL ignored his complaints.

The Tory MP said that following an investigation the watchdog concluded TfL behaved in a totally unacceptable way.

TfL said complaints were recorded and passed to the appropriate area for investigation.

Some of Mr Steen's compensation cash will also be donated to Save the Children and Macmillan Nurses.

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