No Excuse For MPs Claiming Recall Travel on Expenses

Back during the riots EasyJet flew more than 80 MPs back to Britain for free as parliament was recalled. Not among them Dawn Primarolo, who claimed a £1,348 air fare from Cape Town, or Dominic Grieve, who charged us £572 to jet back from France. No chance Ibiza holiday home-owning Chuka Umunna was going to miss the chance to claim more than £300 for his contingency travel back to Brixton. No excuses this time round, with EasyJet emailing MPs offering them free return flights or a “special rescue fare” of £60 if they weren’t flying with the company originally. Of course they’re all in their constituencies, right? Guido will be looking at this month’s expenses data very carefully…

UPDATE: One jet-setting MP EasyJet won’t be forking out for is Tom Watson. Guido can only find one flight from Australia to London tomorrow with any seats left. A snip at $2,912…

UPDATE II: Not all publicity stunts go to plan:




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