Alan Duncan is Stretching Things

Alan Duncan is going round telling broadcasters that he was the first MP to publish his receipts online and has always supported transparency. Go to his website and there is nothing published there about his expenses.

Eh?  Guido called his office for an explanation.  Tory HQ calls back with a load of waffle.  He did, but he doesn’t now, it was published on an old website blah, blah, blah.  When we get down to it, and Guido is reasonably certain about this, Alan Duncan did not publish his receipts for expenses.  He merely published the annual totals.  The same unrevealing annual expenditure totals published by the Fees Office for the last five years.  So we didn’t discover from his “transparency” anything we can’t now get from the parliamentary website.  Spin and bluster…

UPDATE : According to this archive Alan told us:

Additional Costs Allowance – Expenses Incurred by Staying in London
In line with parliamentary allowances, Alan claims £19,722 per year to cover the costs of maintaining a second home.

Not very informative or transparent is it?


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