MPs allowed expenses secrecy

More than 50 MPs have been allowed to keep the name of their landlord secret on security grounds. The expenses watchdog has published a list of landlords who are paid taxpayer-funded rent by MPs after a freedom of information request.

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MP 'claiming expenses to rent Lampard's flat'

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Credit: PA Wire

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.”


MPs allowed secrecy over landlords

The identities of 51 MPs' landlords have been kept secret on security grounds.

The Houses of Parliament. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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.

MPs' expenses must be investigated with 'total 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.

Whilst the rules may not technically prevent MPs from renting properties to one another, it is certainly against the spirit of those rules.

The public's faith was left in tatters in 2009 and the latest allegations could endanger much of the work that has been done since then to restore public confidence in our politicians.

It is vital that there is total transparency in all matters relating to MPs' taxpayer-funded expenses and allowances.

– Matthew Sinclair, chief executive, TaxPayers' Alliance

Dispute over publication of MPs' addresses in expenses row

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.

Commons Speaker John Bercow Credit: PA/PA Wire

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 'lets one home and claims for another'

Former defence minister Peter Luff is allegedly one of 27 MPs who are letting out property they own while claiming expenses to rent homes. Credit: PA Wire

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.

Fresh expenses claims emerge

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.

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