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Straw responds to expenses claim

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Justice Secretary Jack Straw has responded to claims in The Daily Telegraph about his expenses.

Mr Straw over-claimed £1,500 on council tax on his second home. He made a claim for the full bill despite getting a 50% discount from the local authority for the property.

A spokesman for Mr Straw said he acted within the rules. He spotted the mistaken council tax claim himself and repaid the money himself.

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