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Bexley MP expenses revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:14 27 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:45 30 September 2013

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

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Details of expenses claimed by Bexley's MPs in the last financial year have been revealed.

Figures released by the Independant Parliamentary Standards Authority show all Bexley MPs claimed less than £10,000 in 2012/13.

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett claimed just over £9,228, the majority of which was constituency office spend.

Teresa Pearce, for Erith and Thamesmead, claimed £14,424 in the same period. She also charged between £5,000 and £10,000 for her partner Paul O’Neill to work as her office manager.

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire claimed £9,963 over the course of the year.

Miss Pearce said: “My partner worked as my office manager when I was first elected before I recruited staff. Since then he continues to work for me in dealing with complex cases, attending surgeries with me and he does however not draw a full salary.

“The salary for an office manager is between £30,000 and £40,000 but you will see he draws a fraction of that as we share my MPs salary.

“I was surprised that my expenses were more than the other two Bexley MPs as I do not claim for travel to and from work. But I can see that due to an admin error there are five quarterly payments of rent instead of four which increased that expense,

“My stationary and office phone bills are higher and I believe this reflects the very high volume of cases that my office deal with and the fact that around 85 per cent of the constituents who we are contacting about their cases have mobiles rather than landlines so that also pushes the cost up, thats a reason why we try to encourage email rather than phone.

“I am very aware that its public money that funds my office and that is why I do not claim for commuting to and from work as I think that I should pay my own way just like I did before I was elected.”

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