16 Labour and Tory London MPs claim for second homes

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

The Evening Standard yesterday named and shamed the 11 Labour and five Tory MPs representing constituencies in London, and all living within an hour’s commute of Westminster, who claim taxpayers’ money for a second home.

You can read the full story here, which identifies the 16 Labour/Tory MPs concerned. The Standard quotes James Allie, Lib Dem candidate for the London Assembly seat of Brent and Harrow:

“It is this kind of behaviour that gives politicians a bad name. The second home allowance is meant for MPs who live too far away to commute to Westminster. There is no conceivable reason why taxpayers should be paying a fortune to house London-based Labour MPs.

“Do they consider themselves too important to travel to work by Tube like the rest of us? Taxpayers’ money should be spent on housing the poor and the vulnerable. Why should Labour MPs enjoy two places to live while so many people in our city are struggling to make ends meet?”