MPs rack up £4.3m in motoring expenses in past three years
The publication calculated totals for each of the 11 regions defined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and found that around £1.4m was claimed by MPs per year – an average of £130,000 per region.
The Auto Express report adds that MPs in the South West claimed the most in 2014/15, at £179,629, but the 28 MPs in the West Midlands have the highest expense bill over the past three years. The region’s MPs claimed £550,305 on motoring expenses from 2012 to 2015 – a yearly average of £6,550 per MP.
Although overall claims fell year-on-year in 2014/15, the figures are still nearly £13,000 higher than in 2012/13, despite the MP expense scandal uncovered in 2009. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most frugal MPs for car usage can be found in London, where the 73 politicians spent just £196 each on tolls, Congestion Charges, parking and other car claims in 2014/15. MPs in the Capital have slashed their car expenditure by nearly a third, from a total of £19,899 in 2012/13 to just £14,338 in 2014/15.
Auto Express also announced the Top 5 MP motoring expense claimants:
• George Galloway (Respect/Bradford West) £11,676
• Laurence Robertson (Con/Tewkesbury) £11,671
• David Morris (Con/Morecambe & Lunesdale) £11,181
• Khalid Mahmood (Lab/Birmingham Perry Barr) £10,293
• Stephen O’Brien (Con/Eddisbury) £9,916