Legg report recommends MP for Stevenage Barbara Follett repay highest amount in expenses claims

MP for Stevenage Barbara Follett has been asked to repay �42,458.21 – understood to be the highest amount recommended for repayment in Sir Thomas Legg s report, published today (Thursday). In his report, Sir Legg writes: Ms Follett was paid a total of �3

MP for Stevenage Barbara Follett has been asked to repay �42,458.21 - understood to be the highest amount recommended for repayment in Sir Thomas Legg's report, published today (Thursday).

In his report, Sir Legg writes: "Ms Follett was paid a total of �34,776.30 from April 2004 to November 2008 for mobile security patrols at her second home. This went beyond the Green Book provisions limiting claims to 'basic security measures'.

"She was also paid a total of �8,908.36 for six telephone lines at her second home between April 2004 and November 2008. The number of lines and the amount claimed are excessive, and half the allowance, i.e. �4,454.18, should be repaid. "Ms Follett was further overpaid by an estimated �2,812.95 in 2004/05 - 2006/07 for an additional household insurance premium for fine art, which is not allowable. "She was also paid �221 twice for boiler insurance in June 2004 and again in August 2004. "She was also paid �193.78 for pest control in April-June 2006 for an address other than her second home."

Ms Follett has already repaid �32,976.17 and has therefore been advised to repay a further �9,482.04.


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Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, was originally recommended to repay �41,057.36, but this request has been quashed on appeal. The Legg report states: "Mr Lilley purchased his second home in 2003 using a loan from his wife, but since this happened before the review period I make no comment on this arrangement.

"In 2005, he replaced that loan with a mortgage held jointly with his wife, repaying her the original loan. Over the rest of the review period, he was paid a total of �41,057.36 for mortgage interest on this second loan. In substance, this loan appears to have released capital, which was not permitted under the ACA other than for the purpose of improving or repairing the home."

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Mr Lilley is not required to repay any expenses claims.

Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid Bedfordshire, has been asked to repay �1,314.37.

The Legg report reveals Ms Dorries was paid �882.31 twice for hotel expenses in January 2007, she was also paid �161.04 twice for internet service in April 2007, and she was further paid �271.02 twice for a telephone bill in 2008/09.

The Legg report states that Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, and Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire, have "no issues" and therefore do not have to repay any expenses claims.

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