MPs' Expenses: Barbara Follett

MP for Stevenage Barbara Follett claimed �139,147 in expenses for the year 2007/08, of which �22,254 was second home allowance. All MPs claims over the past four years were made public when they were published online today (Thursday). Over the course of

MP for Stevenage Barbara Follett claimed �139,147 in expenses for the year 2007/08, of which �22,254 was second home allowance.

All MPs' claims over the past four years were made public when they were published online today (Thursday).

Over the course of the year, Mrs Follett, wife of millionaire author Ken Follett, claimed for three visits from Rentokill, costing a total of �624.34.

She also claimed for having her windows cleaned every three weeks - costing taxpayers' �97.53 every time.


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She requested �528.75 to have a Chinese needlepoint rug repaired and cleaned, but that was deemed excessive by the Fees Office and she was handed back just �300.

During a two-month period, Mrs Follett claimed �576.76 for stationary, �413.10 for photocopying and �337.06 for her telephone bill.

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Taxpayers paid �65.45 for business cards, �34.74 for six pencils, and �69.48 for a back support, said by the manufacturer to "reduce tension by maintaining the lumbar curve of your lower back".

Other claims included �13.42 for four erasers, �119.58 for a toner cartridge, and �1,363.36 for council tax.

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