Ministers 'claim thousands in energy expenses'

International Development Minister Alan Duncan claimed £2,750 for electricity bills and £1,250 in heating oil for his home in Rutland, Leicestershire, the Sunday Mirror reported.

Universities Minister David Willetts claimed £2,596, while Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi claimed £5,822, the paper said.

Alan Duncan was among the MPs who claimed expenses for energy bills. Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Bills costing more than £1,000 were submitted by 41 MPs while 78 made claims for £500 in the 12 months up to March this year, the paper's analysis found.

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MPs' '200k energy bill expenses'

MPs have come under attack for claiming £200,000 of taxpayers' money to cover the cost of their energy bills. Some 340 MPs used the expenses system to pay for heating their second homes, according to the Sunday Mirror.