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A former Conservative minister is claiming up to £1,600 a month in expenses to rent a London flat from the Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, while renting out his own property, The Sun reported.
MP Peter Luff told the newspaper that he had "no choice but to sell it or rent it out".
Lampard’s spokesman confirmed to The Sun that the star owned the property on Old Brompton Road in west London but added: “We do not know who the management company lets to.”
A spokesman for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, the expenses watchdog, said 85% of MPs had their landlords named but added:
The identities of 51 MPs' landlords have been kept secret on security grounds.
The expenses watchdog published a list of landlords who are paid taxpayer-funded rent by MPs after a freedom of information request. The release showed that a number of MPs rent their properties to fellow MPs or peers.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) did not include 51 of the 320 MPs who claim rental expenses after complaints that publishing their landlord's names would present a security risk.
Details had been removed where an MP or landlord had shown the information that could lead to their address being identified.
A Downing Street spokeswoman has said that the latest expense allegations are an issue for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa). She added that the Prime Minister is "committed to transparency".
The head of the TaxPayers' Alliance has called for "total transparency" in dealing with fresh allegations that MPs are using a loophole in the expenses system to rent properties to one another.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) gave assurances last night that it would not publish the full addresses of MPs caught up in the latest expenses allegations.
The watchdog was responding to a letter from the Commons Speaker John Bercow warning that there was a "very real danger" that MPs' residential addresses could be discovered.
Sir Ian Kennedy, the chairman of Ipsa, said the "names of landlords and other suppliers of goods and service" would be disclosed where relevant. He added that all affected MPs had been asked whether they had any concerns about their landlord's details being released.
Ipsa had been due to disclose the material in response to a Freedom of Information request.
Former defence minister Peter Luff, who was named by the newspaper as one of the 27, declined to comment on the claims.
According to the Daily Telegraph Mr Luff lets one small residential property in London he owns jointly with his wife but also claimed £17,799 in expenses for rental payments in the last financial year.
The Daily Telegraph claimed that the 27 MPs who are letting out property they have in London while claiming Commons expenses to rent homes include Liam Fox, the former defence secretary, Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, and former defence ministers Peter Luff and Nick Harvey.
A total of 27 MPs are letting out property they have in London while claiming Commons expenses of up to £20,000 a year to rent homes, it has emerged.
The move does not break any parliamentary rules but is likely to fuel calls for expenses rules to be toughened up.