Sunday, May 03, 2009

James Purnell claimed 10,000 more on expenses than he paid

Sunday Express | UK News :: MP claimed �10,000 more on expenses than he paid

CABINET Minister James Purnell was under pressure last night to explain why he claimed �10,000 more in Parliamentary expenses than he paid in rent for his London flat.

The Welfare and Pensions Secretary, tipped as a future leader of the Labour Party, pocketed �10,143 more than the rent he was being charged on his second home in London.

A Sunday Express investigation has revealed that Mr Purnell submitted rent claims of up to �2,020 each month – yet bank records prove that he paid only �910 every month.

This from the man who as imposed "lie detection" software on people making benefit claims to which the law fully entitles them.

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