Revealed: How much Norfolk and Suffolk MPs claimed in expenses in 2015/16

MPs claimed expenses of more than £113m in the last financial year. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

MPs claimed expenses of more than £113m in the last financial year. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norfolk MPs claimed £1.7m in expenses last year, covering costs from hiring staff to car parking and accommodation.

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The latest MPs' expense claims data has been published today (Thursday) - and we have created an online table of the region's MPs for you to search.

The Independent Parliament Standards Authority (IPSA) publishes details of expense claims made by all MPs, broken down by different areas of spending.

In total, MPs claimed for £113,664,857 in 2015/16, with more than £80m of that total coming from staffing costs.

In Norfolk and Waveney, the highest figure was claimed by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon with a total of just under £190,000.

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The lowest amount claimed by a serving MP in Norfolk was £136,000 by Broadland MP Keith Simpson.

The table also includes data for former Norwich South MP Simon Wright who lost his seat to Clive Lewis in the election of May 2015.

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Mr Wright spent £31,000 on 'winding up' costs after he lost his seat. That includes staff costs and final utility bills.

In Suffolk and north Essex, MPs claimed for nearly £2m over the year.

These include some final claims made by MPs who no longer hold their seat: Bob Russell; Brooks Newmark; David Ruffley and Tim Yeo, who claim for 'winding down costs' associated with leaving office.

The biggest overall spend was made by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer followed by Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dan Poulter and Clacton MP Douglas Carswell.

IPSA's Chief Executive, Marcial Boo, said: 'Members of Parliament do a demanding job that is important for our democracy.

'IPSA helps them carry out their role, both in Westminster and in their constituencies, by paying their legitimate business costs within a strong regulatory framework.

'We publish all their spending, and today we show that MPs' business costs in 2015-16 were broadly the same as in the previous year, with the addition of the one-off costs of the May 2015 General Election, such as the winding up of MPs' offices and paying start-up costs for new MPs.'

The figures showed more than 70pc of the money paid salaries of their staff.

Mr Boo said spending on MPs security had more than doubled in the last year to £160,000.

'It is important that we take their security, and that of their families and their staff, very seriously,' he said.

•We will be reporting in more detail on expense spending in the coming days.

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