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Welsh MPs' expenses in detail



Details of Welsh MPs' expenses claims over the past four years have been among those obtained and published by The Daily Telegraph.

Some of them have also released details themselves. Here is a summary of the reported claims made by Welsh Labour MPs, and their reactions, before their publication by the House of Commons authorities.

You can also click on the tabs above for details about MPs from other parties in Wales.

NICK AINGER, CARMARTHEN WEST & SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE

Claim: The former Wales Office minister's website shows a number of expenses claimed for his London flat.

Nick Ainger

They show more than £3,000 for furniture, including £1,434 for a sofa bed. Nick Ainger has also claimed for mortgage interest, council tax and utilities.

Response: Mr Ainger says he has been allowed £3,075 for furniture, £2,000 to replace "a 30-year-old leaking bathroom suite" and £2,216 for the replacement of three corroded metal window frames. He says he's been "in the lowest quarter of MPs for claims in each of the four years."

KEVIN BRENNAN, CARDIFF WEST

Kevin Brennan

Claim: The Telegraph reported that the junior minister claimed successfully for bunk beds for his daughter's use when she visited London. He also had a television delivered to his family house in Cardiff, though he claimed the £450 cost back using his London second home allowance.

Response: Mr Brennan has said all items listed by the paper, bought in south Wales or delivered to his Cardiff home, were for use at his second home in London, and that "the publication of any inference to the contrary would be an unfounded smear."

CHRIS BRYANT, RHONDDA

Chris Bryant

Claim: According to the Telegraph, the newly-appointed Foreign Office minister "flipped" his second home twice in two years, claiming £20,000 for renovation and fees. He claimed more than £92,000 of expenses between three properties in Wales and London in the past five years, the paper said.

Response: Chris Bryant called the reports "unfounded and inaccurate". He said he was forced to move house in his constituency because of a series of attacks on his former home.

MARTIN CATON, GOWER

Claim: The Telegraph has reported that Martin Caton claimed £460 a month in interest on the mortgage of his west London flat, along with £350 a month in food and other bills.

Martin Caton

He also claimed £3,216 for new bathroom equipment and £6,400 for a new kitchen.

Response: The Gower MP has given details of his expenses to the South Wales Evening Post and explained that he had claimed nearly £14,000 to upgrade the central heating, kitchen and bathroom in his London flat.

He maintained that he had acted honourably and within the rules.

ANN CLWYD, CYNON VALLEY

Ann Clwyd

Claim: The Telegraph reported that Ann Clwyd claimed £400 a month for food, £200 a month for cleaning, utilities bills and council tax. In 2007, she claimed £2,300 for carpets, tables and a chair.

Response: So far the Cynon Valley MP has not made her expenses public.

WAYNE DAVID, CAERPHILLY

Claim: The Wales Office minister has published details about his expenses on his website and released information to a local paper.

Wayne David

Wayne David's office claims include £235 for jet cleaning to a forecourt. A digital camera cost £229, a dictaphone system £351 and a laptop £552.

Response: Mr David claims for a rented flat in London for which the Daily Telegraph say his expenses included £225 for crockery, £210 for rugs and mats and £630 for three chests of drawers. He said he had always had a "modest one-bedroom London flat" as his second home, had no second job, nor any additional income. He said that although he was a minister he had not "flipped" his second home designation.

PAUL FLYNN, NEWPORT WEST
Paul Flynn

Claim: The Newport West MP claimed £7,052 for a new kitchen, £1,153 carpets and £1,200 decoration for his London property in 2005, before selling it and moving to a new £275,000 flat, the Telegraph reported. He also claimed £9,629 in stamp duty and fees.

Response: He has held an open public meeting to explain his accounts to his constituents and said the response was "warm and supportive".

HYWEL FRANCIS, ABERAVON

Hywel Francis

Claim: The Daily Telegraph says claims for Hywel Francis's London second home include a £3,000 contribution towards stamp duty, £549 for a chair and £325 for a bookcase.

Response: The chair of the Welsh affairs committee said he would publish his expenses in full once they had been cleared by the parliamentary authorities.

NIA GRIFFITH, LLANELLI
Nia Griffith

Claim: The Telegraph reported that Nia Griffith bought a flat near Westminster soon after being elected, and claimed £9,533 in fees and stamp duty. The Llanelli MP has since claimed £2,270 for "complete redecoration" and £2,997 in furnishings and claims mortgage interest of £904 a month.

Claim: Ms Griffith has invited anyone who wishes to inspect her expenses to do so.

PETER HAIN, NEATH

Peter Hain

Claim: According to the Telegraph, the Welsh secretary asked if he could claim on two mortgages in his Neath constituency following his divorce. The request was refused despite Mr Hain making it clear that the arrangement would be for a "brief bridging period" whilst he moved properties. He also claimed for a new roof for a "log store" and £6,000 for heating oil over a period of two years.

Response: Mr Hain told the BBC that he has never claimed for luxury items or "flipped" the second home designation between his Westminster and constituency homes. Neither has he claimed for "removal, stamp duty and legal costs despite an entitlement to do so". He explained that the roof of the log-store had blown off in a gale and that there is no mains gas in the area that he lives in. Adding that he his happy for any constituent to visit his office to discuss his claims in detail.

DAI HAVARD, MERTHYR TYDFIL AND RHYMNEY

Dai Havard

Claim: Dai Havard was one of about 40 MPs who were offered lump sums giving up or altering a subsidised tenancy at the Dolphin Square block in Westminster after it was bought from the local council by a private company, The Telegraph claimed.

Response: Mr Havard has published his expenses in the Merthyr Express, pointing out that he has always used rented accomodation in London.

DAVID HANSON, DELYN

Claim: The Home Office minister opened the books to the Evening Leader, which noted his claims for mortgage payments increased from £220 per month to £1,500 a month in 2007 when he bought a new home.

David Hanson

He also claimed £1,920 in legal and house purchase fees and £5,000 for part of the stamp duty. No surprise, perhaps, that a claim by the prisons minister of £57.58 for someone to break into his flat after losing the key to his second home drew some attention. The Telegraph reported the fees office refused £429 for David Hanson's wife's name to be added to a mortgage.

Response: In a joint statement with fellow Flintshire MP Mark Tami, Mr Hanson said: "We hope people will understand that living away from home, four days a week will incur a cost and that we have submitted receipts not only within the rules, but also within reason".

KIM HOWELLS, PONTYPRIDD

Kim Howells

Claim: The Daily Telegraph reports that the former minister claimed £948.99 for a television at his second home which he designated in his constituency. This would form part of the £16,013 he claimed as his Additional Costs Allowance in 2007/2008. These are the only details so far which have been published in the Telegraph.

Response: The Pontypridd MP, who chairs the Commons intelligence and security committee, has not commented on the Telegraph's claim.

HUW IRRANCA-DAVIES, OGMORE

Huw Irranca Davies

Claim: Huw Irranca-Davies claimed more than £8,500 for a new kitchen, including repairs and structural work at his London home in 2005. He also claimed £71.86 for a plastic garden table and chairs which he admitted he should not have.

Response: The junior minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published the details of his claims on his website and opened his books to the Glamorgan Gazette. He said his kitchen was not extravagant and is now "properly useable" for him and his family, as well as guests from his constituency. He has paid back in full the amount claimed for the garden furniture.

SIAN JAMES, SWANSEA EAST
Sian James

Claim: Sian James claimed £1,200 rent on her second home in London, where other claims included £741 for furniture and £25 for a stepladder. She also appeared in the Telegraph's "20 most bizarre claims" by allegedly asking taxpayers to foot the 59p bill for a chocolate Santa.

Response: Ms James says the 59p was actually for chocolate coins, which were on a receipt - but not actually claimed for. She has put some details of her expense claims on her website and says she had "tried to be sensible, kept costs down and remained within the rules."

MARTYN JONES, CLWYD SOUTH

Claim: Before the Telegraph started publishing the details of MPs' expense claims, Martyn Jones had announced he was planning to retire at the next election.

Martyn Jones

The paper reported that Mr Jones rents a flat and a car space (for £165 a month) near Parliament and that he claimed £20,000 in four years for food without receipts, including occasions when the House of Commons was not sitting.

Response: Mr Jones has published details of his expenses "to avoid even the appearance of any wrongdoing," and to be "as forthcoming as possible on this matter". Of his food claims, he said they "should be called subsistence" to cover the actual costs of living in London daily.

He told the Daily Post he had had not submitted claims for "odds and ends", adding: "It is legitimate within these ridiculous rules."

IAN LUCAS, WREXHAM

Ian Lucas

Claim: The Evening Leader reported that Ian Lucas claimed more than £22,000 in expenses when he moved from one flat in London to another, more expensive, one nearer Parliament. This included fees for estate agents and a solicitor. The Telegraph reported that Mr Lucas made a £45,000 profit when he sold his London flat.

Response: The junior minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has insisted his claims were "reasonable and justified". He told the Evening Leader he had done "absolutely nothing wrong" and also paid capital gains tax on the sale of the flat. Mr Lucas told the Daily Post the rules should be changed, but there had to be a fair system to allow MPs to maintain two homes.

MADELEINE MOON, BRIDGEND

Madeleine Moon

Claim: The Daily Telegraph claimed Ms Moon, who in 2007 was named "Furniture Parliamentarian of the Year", spent more than £4,000 for fixtures and fittings in furniture shops near her Porthcawl home and claimed the money back on her London second home allowance.

Response: The Bridgend MP has rejected what she calls the Telegraph's "insinuations". She says she has provided receipts which prove the goods were transported to London after being bought in Welsh shops she knew would provide value for money.

ALUN MICHAEL, CARDIFF SOUTH AND PENARTH

Claim: The Telegraph reported that Alun Michael successfully claimed £2,600 for repairs to the roof at his constituency home in Penarth, as well as the cost of repairing a wall and building a fence. It also said the former minister had designated his Penarth home as his second home.

Alun Michael

When, from 1999 - 2000 he was leading the newly-devolved Welsh administration in Cardiff Bay, he remained an MP and his Penarth property remained his designated second home.

Response: Mr Michael told the BBC that "the system defined ministers as being London-based and required ministers to claim on the constituency home as the 'second home'." He had not changed the designation during his time at the assembly because he was "intending to stand down as an MP at the general election and so the question of designation never arose". When a rule change made it possible to change definitions, he did so.

JESSICA MORDEN, NEWPORT EAST

Jessica Morden

Claim: Jessica Morden claimed £1,068 a month in mortgage interest payments in 2007-08, the Telegraph claimed. In the same year she put through claims of £1 for cleaning wipes, and £16.82 for a pasting table and spoons.

Response: The Newport East MP has said she will publish her claims on her website in due course.

JULIE MORGAN, CARDIFF NORTH

Julie Morgan

Claim: Julie Morgan was named as one of "the saints" by the Telegraph for her claim of less than £10,000 for her second home in London and bills.

Response: She has put some details of her expenses on her website and has asked constituents who have any concerns to contact her.

PAUL MURPHY, TORFAEN

Claim: The former Welsh secretary claimed £3,419.25 for the replacement of a boiler because the water was "too hot", the Telegraph said.

Paul Murphy

Smaller items charged to the taxpayer included light bulbs for £1.98 and a £6 tin opener.

Response: He said the boiler was replaced because it was defective and unsafe and all claims were made within the letter and spirit of the rules. Paul Murphy also said he had made himself available to his constituents to discuss expenses and would hold extra surgeries if need be.

ALBERT OWEN, YNYS MON

Albert Owen

Claim: Albert Owen claimed monthly mortgage interest of over £1,200 for his second home in London. He claimed more than £11,800 for food in four years, £629 for a television, £73 for painting and decorating, £89 for cutlery and £88 for an electric fan.

Response: The Ynys Mon MP said: "I blame MPs and the system. It's been allowed to evolve to this point over the last 30 years and you have to put your hands up and say there are problems". Mr Owen told the Daily Post that his food claims were "well below the maximum" and his main home had always been in Ynys Mon. He said all the furniture in his London flat was "my own stuff that I brought down from home in a van".

CHRIS RUANE, VALE OF CLWYD

Claim: Chris Ruane claimed £4,560 as part of the costs of buying a flat in March 2006.

Chris Ruane

Commons officials then rejected claims of £10,958 for other expenses of buying the property because they were submitted the following month, which fell into the new financial year.

Response: He has allowed local newspapers to look at his expense claims in full. He told the Daily Post he was "a grass roots politician who grew up on a council estate" just like most of his north Wales Labour MP colleagues. He said: "We couldn't afford to be MPs if we didn't get help with the costs of living in London".

JOHN SMITH, VALE OF GLAMORGAN

John Smith

Claim: The Telegraph said John Smith claimed £57,955 in second home expenses in four years without submitting a receipt. Before April 2008, MPs were not required to submit receipts for bills below £250 or for food below £400.

Response: A spokesman for the Vale of Glamorgan MP, who is standing down at the next election for health reasons, said he was "devastated" by the newspaper reports and he rejected allegations he had exploited the expenses system. The MP was "one of the lowest claimants of parliamentary expenses," with no second home and that all the money he claimed over the years went towards London living costs and not for personal gain.

MARK TAMI, ALYN AND DEESIDE

Claim: The Daily Post published details of Mark Tami's claims which included £3,500 for a new bathroom, £80 for a mirror and £220 on bedding and towels.

Mark Tami

He also claimed back £10,046 in stamp duty and legal fees when he moved home in London in 2007 but did not claim a penny for his second home from May to October 2007.

Response: In a joint statement with Delyn MP David Hanson Mr Tami, the Welsh whip in the Commons, said his expenses were "not only within the rules, but also within reason" and that he believed that the parliamentary expenses system "needs root and branch reform."

DON TOUHIG, ISLWYN
Don Touhig

Claim: The Telegraph reported that Don Touhig spent £2,500 on refurbishing his south Wales home before "flipping" his second home allowance to a flat in Westminster. The paper alleged that the former Wales Office minister claimed £1,325 for food at the London address during Commons holidays.

The newspaper also reported that in 2006 he tried to claim for eight leylandii bushes, compost and bark worth £240, as well as £40 for someone to plant the trees. But that claim was rejected by the Commons Fees Office.

Response: Mr Touhig, chair of the committee on members' allowances, told the BBC he did not claim £2,500 for refurbishing his south Wales home but actually claimed £1,520 for decorating over four years. The Telegraph reported that he said that he did not believe that the redecorating his Welsh home "enhanced the value of the property".

He told the newspaper he had changed his Additional Costs Allowance from his London flat when he became a minister because then "ministers were required to designate their main home as London", and that he claimed for food because he had been in London at the time to meet ministers.

Alan Williams

Claim: Alan Williams has been anointed as one of "the saints" by the Telegraph. The Swansea West MP, who is the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, claimed just £5,221 on his second homes allowance in 2007/08.

Response: The Swansea West MP has called for the Committee on Standards in Public Life to come up with recommendations to overhaul the expense system "as rapidly as is compatible with it being thorough and comprehensive".

BETTY WILLIAMS, CONWY

Claim: The Conwy MP had long since announced she was not planning to fight the new seat of Aberconwy when MPs' expenses came under the spotlight.

Betty Williams

The Telegraph said she made minimal claims on her Additional Costs Allowance, but her office costs, including staff travel and postage, in 2007-08 were amongst the highest in Westminster.

Response: Betty Williams has told the website epolitix.com that the recommendations of the inquiry into MPs' expenses "must establish arrangements in which the public will have confidence and trust".



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