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MP to repay £17 poppy wreath claim

Labour backbencher Sarah Champion is due to repay £17 in expenses for a poppy wreath.

The Rotherham MP has admitted the claim on Remembrance Day last year should "never have been made".

It was paid by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) despite reimbursement for such items being banned under the rules.

The details emerged in the latest run of MPs' expenses released by the watchdog last week.

Miss Champion, who was elected in 2012 and recently featured in the BBC's Inside the Commons documentary, told the Sun on Sunday: "The claim should never have been made so I'll reimburse Ipsa on Monday."

TaxPayers' Alliance chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: "Taxpayers will be pleased that the money is to be repaid, as it clearly should be.

"The real question is why Ipsa approved the payment in the first place. We need to look at reforming Ipsa and the expenses system more broadly, as the changes made in light of the expenses scandal have done little to restore the public's confidence."

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