MP John Redwood admits expenses mistakeBy Victoria Corbett
May 20, 2009
Wokingham MP John Redwood claimed more than £3,000 twice for redecorating his Pimlico bedsit, it has emerged.
The Tory politician was dragged into the MPs' expenses furore this week when his second home allowance claims were unveiled on Monday.
Mr Redwood made a duplicate claim for £3,275.31 in April 2007 for redecorating his London pad, according to files leaked to the Daily Telegraph.
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Mr Redwood apologised for what he called a mistake.
He also defended his claims for a second home after prospective candidates for Wokingham said it was unacceptable to have one when London is easily commutable.
Reading East MP Rob Wilson, whose constituency includes Woodley, and Reading West MP Martin Salter do not claim for a second home.
Maidenhead MP Theresa May, whose constituency includes Twyford, claims less than £5,000.
But despite claiming £22,729 for his second home allowance, Mr Redwood has the cheapest overall expenses bill of all Berkshire MPs.
Last week fellow MP Andrew MacKay, whose Bracknell constituency includes Finchampstead, was forced to resign as parliamentary aide to Tory leader David Cameron after his exoenses claims were deemmed unacceptable.
- Read the full details of Mr Redwood's expenses claims in this week's Wokingham Times.