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MPs' expenses: Tom Levitt

Parliament has published the details of MPs' expenses. The documents, which have chunks blacked out to hide addresses and other sensitive information, cover financial years from 2004 to 2008 and have been released in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

Details of individual MPs expenses were initially published by the Daily Telegraph. Where it made claims about individual MPs they have been reflected in these pages - as have MPs' responses to those claims.

Labour MP for High Peak

Levitt, Tom
2007-08
Total expenses
£164,620
of which second
home allowance
£22,450

CLAIMS AND RESPONSES

Claim: The fees office rejected a 16.50 receipt submitted by Mr Levitt, the MP for High Peak, for the cost of a poppy wreath he laid during Remembrance Sunday commemorations. He was also asked to justify a 5,281 bill for renovations. This was granted, but the fees office refused to refund the full cost of fitting a bathroom at 8,013.77, the Daily Telegraph said. An examination of his previous mortgage interest payments by the fees office showed that he had over-claimed by 6,000, which he duly returned.

Response: Mr Levitt told the newspaper that the fees office was "quite right" to reject the poppy wreath claim. With regards to the bathroom, he said: ""The replacement was 'like for like' with the only 'enhancement' being a bathroom cupboard with a shaving mirror above the sink - there was not one there before. And labour costs in London are not cheap." He added: "As a former member of the Standards and Privileges Committee, my conscience is clear."

RECEIPTS

The links below will take you to the original documents on Parliament's website. As the links have been automatically generated it is possible a small percentage of them may not work.

Hundreds of pages of receipts have been published for each MP. If you see anything interesting, or if any of the links above are broken please tell us here. This is what you've spotted so far.




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