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Duck island MP 'feels humiliated'


Washington correspondent and camera crew track down Sir Peter Viggers in Washington where he was meeting the Treasury Select Committee.

A Tory MP who tried to claim for a floating island to house his ducks says he feels ashamed and humiliated.

Sir Peter Viggers, MP for Gosport, has already said he would stand down at the next election after his expenses claims were published in the Daily Telegraph.

Among his claims were £30,000 for gardening, including £500 for manure, and £1,645 on a floating duck island.

He said: "I have made a ridiculous and grave error of judgment. I am ashamed and humiliated and I apologise."

He said that the prospect of any repayments would be considered "in due course".

The 71-year-old MP added: "As has been reported my claim for the duck house was rightly 'not allowed' by the Fees Office.

A duck island
A duck island like the one claimed for

"I paid for it myself and in fact it was never liked by the ducks and is now in storage.

"Gosport is my home town and I have always worked hard for constituents. I am very proud to have been a member of parliament."

Sir Peter was first elected to Parliament as MP for Gosport in February 1974.

After Sir Peter's expenses claims were made public Conservative leader David Cameron had warned him he faced the removal of the party whip if he did not announce that he would stand down at the next election.

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