Our exclusive findings reveal huge disparities in expenses
Massive variations in expenses claims show that some London MPs spend up to 16 times more than others on their day-to-day running costs.
There is a difference of almost £20,000 for “general administration” claims made by different London MPs from May 2010 and April 2011, to cover day-to-day running costs including office equipment and basic security.
Topping the list of big admin spenders was MP for Barking Margaret Hodge. The longstanding Labour politician spent almost £19,500 on admin costs.
Shadow minister for small business Chuka Umunna came in second after Hodge with general administration expenses of £12,988.
By comparison, 22 of the 73 MPs with London constituencies managed to keep their costs below £5,000. The average spend was £6,752.
John Randall and newly elected Zac Goldsmith expensed nothing at all.
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John Randall told Londonlovesbusiness.com that he chose to swallow his admin costs to avoid “the local newspapers asking me why I spent £15 on a shredder”.
MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, David Evennett, came in with just £1,243 worth of expenses.
A source close to Umunna, the second highest spender on admin, said his extra costs came down to his decision to open a constituency office which the previous MP didn’t have. The source also cited the large amount of case load that a constituency like Tottenham required.
The 10 London MPs who expensed the least on general administration
|1. John Randall||Uxbridge & South Ruislip||£0.00|
|2. Zac Goldsmith||Richmond Park||£0.00|
|3. David Evennett||Bexleyheath and Crayford||£1,213.49|
|4. Bob Stewart||Beckenham||£1,491.59|
|5. Lee Scott||Ilford North||£1,663.60|
|6. Nick Raynsford||Greenwich and Woolwich||£1,702.75|
|7. Frank Dobson||Holborn and St Pancras||£1,782.47|
|8. Virendra Sharma||Ealing Southall 2007||£1,826.08|
|9. Jon Cruddas||Dagenham and Rainham||£2,349.01|
|10. Kate Hoey||Vauxhall||£2,980.21|