Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Luff claimed £17,000 in four years, including three toilet seats

A Conservative MP spent £17,000 of taxpayers’ money on furniture and other items for his two homes during a four-year period, it has been reported.

Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire, made expenses claims for three lavatory seats, three food mixers, two microwaves, four beds, five tables, two ironing boards, three kettles and 10 sets of bed linen, reported the Daily Telegraph, which has obtained details of receipts submitted by MPs to back expenses claims.

He twice claimed for china dinner services, buying a £625 set in 2005 for his flat, before purchasing another for £367 less than three years later.

Mr Luff insisted that his claims were "within the letter and spirit of the rules" and said he would repay any money found to have breached them.

In the months before switching his designated second home from Worcester to London, he charged more than £5,000 for decorating and repairs, including the cost of having his Aga stove fixed, according to records seen by the paper.

Mr Luff reportedly submitted receipts for furniture or decorating almost every month over the four-year period.

Some of his receipts were challenged, with a £809 bill for a TV and a £1,583 claim for a dining table and chairs each reduced to £750.

Mr Luff could not immediately be reached for comment this evening.

But the Telegraph reported him as saying: "I don’t remember claiming for three loo seats, and if it is true it would be extraordinary. I cannot afford to maintain two homes out of one income and need to claim the full cost of every item in my second home.

"I have always taken personal responsibility for all my claims which I believed to be within the letter and spirit of the rules. If my judgment is wrong I will repay any money identified as breaching the spirit of those rules."

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