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Livingston MP Jim Devine claimed twice for bathroom

Jim Devine
The Livingston MP has defended the claims

More details have been published about the second home allowances which MPs have claimed for.

The latest revelations showed the Livingston MP Jim Devine claimed twice within a year for refurbishing the bathroom at his London home.

Mr Devine defended himself saying the first was for redecoration and the second after his house was flooded.

The figures also showed the prime minister claimed £500 for painting a summer house at his constituency home.

Gordon Brown, whose seat is in Kirkcaldy, Fife, said he had repaid the sum of money.

WHERE TO FIND THE DOCUMENTS
The documents are published on Parliament's website
Each MP's expenses dating back to 2004 are gathered together by name
The new documents are headed "Personal Additional Accommodation Expenditure 2009-2010" and "Additional Cost Allowance 2008-09"
Second home designations have also been published
Find out how much your MP claimed in total -

Details of Mr Devine's bathroom expenses, which have been published online alongside all MP expenses, showed that the first bill in mid-2008 came to £1,350.

He then claimed £1,632 for a total refurbishment including a new shower unit and flooring in February of this year.

Mr Devine also submitted a duplicate claim for £1,550 in March of last year, but says it was due to a temporary secretary at the time.

The MP was sent several letters from the fees office in which his claims were reduced because of a lack of submitted receipts.

He was at the centre of controversy earlier this year, over claims for shelving and electrical rewiring work for earlier expenses claims.

The politician was also banned from standing for the Labour Party at the next election by the party.

Second homes

The latest list of MPs expenses published by the Commons also showed that four Scottish MPs, including the Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy, have changed the designation of their second home over the past 18 months.

They are amongst nearly 20 MPs who have done so.

It is not against the rules, although some MPs caught up in the expenses scandal "flipped" their second homes and thereby made a profit from the taxpayer.

The website also showed that the international development secretary Douglas Alexander claimed £105 to have his chimney swept.

Commons authorities published the details of MPs expenses after a long-running Freedom of Information battle.



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