REVEALED: Some MPs spending up to £20,000 more on admin than others


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. 

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