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Highest repayment MP, Barbara Follett, apologises

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MPs should repay £1.12m of their second home expenses, an audit of their claims dating back to 2004 has said.

The highest amount recommended for repayment, following the appeals process, is £42,458 for Labour junior minister Barbara Follett.

It relates to claims for mobile security patrols at her second home which Sir Thomas said went beyond what was allowed under the rules and claims for six telephone lines which he ruled were "excessive".

Ms Follett has already repaid £32,976 of the total amount and told the BBC: "This has been a very sad affair, I'm very sorry about it".

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