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Posted by: David Giles
Date/Time: 31/03/09 19:34:00

According to the Daily Mail:


"Health Minister Ann Keen has been confirmed as Britain's most costly MP. Her expenses claim totalled a whopping 167,306 in the last financial year - the highest excluding transport costs, which disproportionately affect some English and Welsh and all Scottish MPs.

"Her husband Alan, who represents a neighbouring seat, claimed a total of 146,408, bringing the couple's overall cost to the taxpayer to 313,714 in the last financial year - excluding travel costs.

"The couple, nicknamed 'Mr and Mrs Expenses', claimed the extraordinary costs despite living just a 30-minute drive from Westminster.

"The claims came on top of their annual salary, which was worth 61,820 to each at the time, and a gold-plated final salary pension scheme.

"The MPs represent adjoining constituencies in West London, nine miles from the House of Commons, and live in their constituency home in Brentford.


"In all, the Keens, who are officially 'outer London MPs', received a total of 38,193 in second-home allowance alone, to cover the cost of running the cost of an apartment on the South Bank, a short walk from the House of Commons.

"The property's value has risen from an estimated 500,000 in 2002 to around 750,000 today - meaning the pair are estimated to have built up a 250,000 property nestegg courtesy of the taxpayer.

"There is no suggestion that Mrs Keen, 60, and her 71-year-old husband broke the rules. However, critics claim they live so near to the Commons that they should be able to claim only the inner London supplement of 2,700. Last year it emerged that Mrs Keen had insured her husband's life for 430,000 and put the premium on expenses. That is despite the fact that both members are covered thanks to their parliamentary pensions.

"Mrs Keen also became the first MP to face action for breaching the 'duty of care' to a constituent. She was ordered to pay 15,000 in damages to 84-year- old war veteran John Taylor for failing to represent him in his battle to clear his name after a miscarriage of justice, although the case has yet to be resolved.

"The other expenses she claimed include 104,508 in office costs, 10,000 in communication costs, 19,142 in staff cover and other costs and 5,497 in stationery. In addition to his second-home claim of 19,855, Mr Keen's overall bill also included 13,449 in office running costs, 97,101 in staffing costs and 9,786 in communication costs and 3,549 in stationery costs.

"A spokesman for Mrs Keen refused to comment on her expenses. "


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Brentford has Britain's most costly MP31/03/09 19:34:00 David Giles
   Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP31/03/09 22:05:00 Keith Iddon
      Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP31/03/09 22:10:00 Michael Brandt
   CBS news02/04/09 17:19:00 Sarah Felstead
      Re:CBS news02/04/09 19:32:00 Steve Taylor
         Re:Re:CBS news02/04/09 20:13:00 Sarah Felstead
   Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP04/04/09 01:15:00 Margaret Elizabeth Shaw
      Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP04/04/09 09:36:00 Phil Andrews
         Re:Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP04/04/09 10:49:00 Steve Taylor
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP04/04/09 12:33:00 Phil Andrews
         Re:Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP12/05/09 13:27:00 Tony Wood
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP12/05/09 14:51:00 Margaret Elizabeth Shaw
   Bump Bump Bump12/05/09 12:21:00 Sarah Felstead
      Re:Bump Bump Bump13/05/09 08:14:00 Dan Filson
         Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump13/05/09 11:53:00 Phil Andrews
         This is all very sad13/05/09 14:34:00 Sarah Felstead
            Re:This is all very sad14/05/09 12:39:00 Sarah Felstead
         Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump13/05/09 20:24:00 Steve Taylor
            Re:Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump13/05/09 22:43:00 Dan Filson
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump14/05/09 19:46:00 David Giles
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump14/05/09 22:34:00 Dan Filson
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump15/05/09 12:48:00 David Giles
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump15/05/09 12:59:00 Margaret Elizabeth Shaw
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump15/05/09 19:26:00 Dan Filson
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Bump Bump Bump20/05/09 13:50:00 David Giles
                                 Ann Keen's Expenses in 2007- 2008 20/05/09 17:51:00 David Giles
                                    Re:Ann Keen's Expenses in 2007- 2008 20/05/09 21:00:00 Steve Taylor
                                       Re:Re:Ann Keen's Expenses in 2007- 2008 20/05/09 21:29:00 Craig Quilliam
                                          Re:Re:Re:Ann Keen's Expenses in 2007- 2008 20/05/09 21:46:00 Steve Taylor
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Ann Keen's Expenses in 2007- 2008 21/05/09 10:12:00 Margaret Elizabeth Shaw
                                          Re:Re:Re:Ann Keen's Expenses in 2007- 2008 21/05/09 13:11:00 Bernadette Paul
   Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP22/05/09 13:03:00 Robert A Field
      Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP22/05/09 16:17:00 Fraser Pearce
         Re:Re:Re:Brentford has Britain's most costly MP22/05/09 19:49:00 Dan Filson

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