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Cameron to repay 18 in expenses

David Cameron
Mr Cameron has said all MPs must repay the sums demanded

David Cameron has said he will repay £18.16 in expenses following the controversial audit of all MPs' claims.

The Tory leader has insisted all his MPs found to have been paid too much should repay the money asked or they cannot stand at the next election.

Many MPs are unhappy about auditor Sir Thomas Legg's review of their claims, saying he has retrospectively created limits on gardening and cleaning bills.

Gordon Brown has already repaid more than £12,000.

Mr Cameron said earlier this week that he had been asked to provide more information to Sir Thomas about his mortgage arrangements.

More than a dozen shadow cabinet ministers have been asked to repay money by Sir Thomas, including William Hague, Ken Clarke and Andrew Lansley.

A number of senior ministers, including Lord Mandelson and Jack Straw, have also received repayment requests.

Gordon Brown has urged MPs to co-operate with Sir Thomas to show the public that the old "discredited" expenses system is being cast aside.

MPs have three weeks to make representations to Sir Thomas if they are unhappy about his findings.

However, many Labour MPs believe they are being treated unfairly and deputy leader Harriet Harman has warned against the "arbitrary" determination of limits not in force at the time claims were made.

Earlier in the year, Mr Cameron agreed to repay £947 relating to the cost of maintenance on his second home as well over-payments on his mortgage resulting from "inadvertent" administrative errors.



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