Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

DUP six repay £144k profits from second homes funded by taxpayer

Sammy Wilson
Sammy Wilson

The DUP's Gregory Campbell has agreed to hand back more than £60,000 worth of profits from a taxpayer-funded home, Westminster's expenses watchdog has revealed.

Between them, six DUP MPs have agreed to hand back a total of £143,909.46 under new rules introduced in the wake of the expenses scandal.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) announced that 70 politicians have agreed to repay the sums, totaling almost £500,000.

It means the DUP will be handing back more than a quarter of all the money being returned, with East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell sending back the second highest amount of £61,403.

While DUP MPs are the only ones from Northern Ireland required to hand sums back, there is no suggestion of any impropriety.

The money is being returned because of new rules brought in following public fury surrounding the MPs' expenses scandal in 2009. MPs from outside London are allowed to claim accommodation expenses to stay overnight while attending Westminster.

But instead of using hotels or renting, they previously were able to use expenses to pay mortgage interest payments on second homes.

As the property increased in value, it meant it could be sold for profit later.

The watchdog decided to ban the use of Commons expenses to pay mortgage interest in May 2010.

However, interim arrangements were put in place for MPs elected before 2010 who had already committed to mortgages.

They were allowed to keep claiming the money up until last August – as long as they agreed to return any potential capital gain.

Some 71 MPs claimed almost £1m between them over the 15-month period but the majority were not asked to make repayments, because surveyors' reports or sale prices showed that their properties had not gained in value.

However, 29 of them were asked to make payments to reflect the increased value of houses and flats – many of them in London, which had bucked the sluggish housing market prevailing in the rest of the country at the time.

Last night, Mr Campbell said: "As part of the new expenses system introduced at Westminster I sold a property which previously had been purchased.

"This sale has resulted in the taxpayer being some £60,000 better off.

"At no point neither I nor any of my colleagues queried or contested the figures put forward by Ipsa."

MPs asked to retrun profits

These are the 71 MPs who claimed Commons expenses to pay mortgage interest rates and have now been asked to hand back any profits from their taxpayer-funded homes.

 

The second column shows the total interest they claimed, while the third is the amount they are due to repay.

 

The information was released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) today and the full data can be downloaded from http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk.

 

MP (Party, Constituency), Total mortgage interest claimed, Total repayment due to Ipsa:

 

David Anderson (Labour, Blaydon), £25,084.10, None

 

Henry Bellingham (Conservative, Norfolk North West), £3,337.60, None

 

Hazel Blears (Labour Salford and Eccles), £5,925.00, £7,644.00

 

Kevin Brennan (Labour, Cardiff West), £3,508.00, None

 

Malcolm Bruce (Lib Dem, Gordon), £1,715.03, None

 

Andy Burnham (Labour, Leigh), £18,952.28, £4,456.08

 

Lorely Burt (Lib Dem, Solihull), £5,445.71, None

 

Gregory Campbell (DUP, East Londonderry), £16,755.00, £61,403.18

 

Ronnie Campbell (Labour, Blyth Valley), £12,174.63, None

 

Ken Clarke (Conservative Rushcliffe), £11,597.75, £737.00

 

Nick Clegg (Lib Dem, Sheffield Hallam), £9,104.11, None

 

Michael Connarty (Labour, Linlithgow and East Falkirk), £34,168.07, £6,833.16

 

Mary Creagh (Labour, Wakefield), £23,647.69, None

 

Philip Davies (Conservative, Shipley), £15,131.50, None

 

John Denham (Labour, Southampton Itchen), £16,087.90, £7,894.80

 

Nigel Dodds (DUP, Belfast North), £25,434.16, £19,507.76

 

Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP, Lagan Valley), £20,338.06, £1,448.46

 

Brian Donohoe (Labour, Central Ayrshire), £28,308.35, £9,469.36

 

Frank Doran (Labour, Aberdeen North), £5,920.55, None

 

Alan Duncan (Conservative, Rutland and Melton), £18,229.56, None

 

Tobias Ellwood (Conservative, Bournemouth East), £13,508.06, None

 

Natascha Engel (Labour, North East Derbyshire), £17,554.04, None

 

Liam Fox (Conservative, North Somerset), £5,178.90, None

 

Hywel Francis (Labour, Aberavon), £9,955.42, £9,044.98

 

David Gauke (Conservative, South West Hertfordshire), £13,627.36, £26,762.76

 

Andrew George (Lib Dem, St Ives), £20,859.96, £22,534.20

 

Helen Goodman (Labour, Bishop Auckland), £17,892.50, None

 

Robert Goodwill (Conservative, Scarborough and Whitby), £14,585.05, £4,963.39

 

Peter Hain (Labour, Neath), £9,413.62, None

 

Philip Hammond (Conservative, Runnymede and Weybridge), £20,967.74, £34,883.54

 

David Hanson (Labour, Delyn), £20,800.00, None

 

John Hayes (Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings), £15,125.92, None

 

Mark Hendrick (Labour/Co-op, Preston), £7,332.50, None

 

Mark Hoban (Conservative, Fareham), £17,247.40, £11,332.00

 

Stewart Hosie (SNP, Dundee East), £13,899.26, None

 

Stewart Jackson (Conservative, Peterborough), £32,494.86, £54,000.00

 

David Jones (Conservative, Clwyd West), £18,060.83, £81,446.00

 

Elfyn Llwyd (PC, Dwyfor Meirionnydd), £3,102.54, None

 

Anne Main (Conservative, St Albans), £7,755.20, None

 

William McCrea (DUP, South Antrim), £6,929.91, £29,793.60

 

Pat McFadden (Labour, Wolverhampton South East), £14,137.48, None

 

Michael Meacher (Labour, Oldham West and Royton), £1,642.26, None

 

David Miliband (Labour, formerly South Shields), £5,903.80, None

 

Andrew Mitchell (Conservative, Sutton Coldfield), £19,905.26, None

 

Austin Mitchell (Labour, Great Grimsby), £4,788.83, None

 

Paul Murphy (Labour, Torfaen), £6,429.70, None

 

Stephen O'Brien (Conservative, Eddisbury), £6,834.06, None

 

James Paice (Conservative, South East Cambridgeshire), £11,310.76, £9,177.12

 

Owen Paterson (Conservative, North Shropshire), £25,634.28, £7,755.05

 

Jamie Reed (Labour, Copeland), £12,436.79, None

 

Linda Riordan (Labour/Co-op, Halifax), £10,007.23, None

 

Angus Robertson (SNP, Moray), £2,993.43, None

 

Laurence Robertson (Conservative, Tewkesbury), £28,439.51, None

 

Dan Rogerson (Lib Dem, North Cornwall), £1,250.06, None

 

Alison Seabeck (Labour, Plymouth, Moor View), £15,627.22, None

 

Jim Sheridan (Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North), £7,126.90, None

 

David Simpson (DUP, Upper Bann), £11,208.65, £30,308.40

 

Marsha Singh (Labour, Bradford West), £1,201.34, None

 

Andrew Smith (Labour, Oxford East), £6,840.62, £3,933.72

 

Angela Smith (Labour, Penistone and Stocksbridge), £6,680.76, £8,496.00

 

Peter Soulsby (Labour, formerly Leicester South), £6,250.00, £2,828.84

 

Edward Vaizey (Conservative, Wantage), £17,226.46, None

 

Ben Wallace (Conservative, Wyre and Preston North), £4,802.37, None

 

Steve Webb (Lib Dem, Thornbury and Yate), £28,668.77, None

 

Alan Whitehead (Labour, Southampton Test), £4,986.24, £3,339.15

 

John Whittingdale (Conservative, Maldon), £4,539.17, £12,441.00

 

David Willetts (Conservative, Havant), £2,912.00, £7,730.74

 

Hywel Williams (PC, Arfon), £7,474.97, None

 

Sammy Wilson (DUP, East Antrim), £19,633.90, £1,448.46

 

Tim Yeo (Conservative, South Suffolf), £19,913.06, £3,215.74

 

George Young (Conservative, North West Hampshire), £22,197.75, None

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