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MP repays some of the cash he paid his son

PUBLISHED: 11:45 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

DISGRACED MP Derek Conway has been allowed to return taxpayer s money that he misused over a year.

DISGRACED MP Derek Conway has been allowed to return taxpayer's money that he misused over a year.

The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP paid his son, Freddie, some £50,000 for 'parliamentary work' whilst he was a full-time student in Newcastle which he was unable to prove.

But a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that the MP, who will stand down at the next general election, will only pay £13,161 back over a year.

When the scandal broke in January, the Parliamentary Standards and Privileges Committee report slammed Mr Conway for failing to keep a record of his son's alleged work.

Yet the committee only decided to make Mr Conway pay for his son's bonus payments of £7,161 and another £6,000 because he was under skilled for the salary awarded by his dad.

Duncan Borrowman, Liberal Democrat candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup, said he should be made to pay the whole amount immediately.

He said: "As I understand it he has only just pocketed £163,000 windfall from the sale of his Sidcup constituency home, subsidised by the taxpayer.

"From that he could pay it all back at once. If I was him I wouldn't be able to sleep at night with the guilt."

A Parliamentary spokesman confirmed that Mr Conway repaid his first installment of £1,096.75 in March, but could not say whether paying by installment was normal procedure.

Mr Conway was not available for comment.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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