No claim for second home expenses

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NEW figures reveal that Hartlepool MP Iain Wright did not claim anything for second home expenses in the last financial year.

The latest parliamentary expenses for the 2010-11 – which is the first full year since the expenses scandal – show that accommodation allowances for North-East MPs ranged from nothing up to £18,372.

Figures show that Mr Wright claimed nothing towards accommodation costs.

He did claim £2,052.85 for travel and subsistence, £5,527.72 towards his constituency office, £5,271.70 for general administration and £76,145.88 towards staffing costs, to give him a total expenses package of £88,998.15.

Figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show that Mr Wright received a basic salary of £65,738 for the 2010-11 financial year.

Alex Cunningham, Labour MP for Stockton North, claimed £17,263.29 for accommodation and £5,171.85 for travel and subsistence and as part of a total £123,598.72 expenses package.

Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington, claimed £16,751 towards accommodation and £6,360 for travel and subsistence as part of a total £133,354 package.

Phil Wilson, Labour MP for Sedgefield claimed £15,869 for accommodation and £12,917 for travel and subsistence as part of his total £133,932 package.