While I was pleased to see local MP Edward Davey listed as a ‘saint’ this morning, I am intrigued by the following figures obtainable from the Internet and relating to last year. Credit where it’s due, he isn’t claiming for a second home and it’s on this that his ‘saintly’ status rests. However, one might gasp at the over £26k for an office, over £85k for some staff to put in it and over £17k for staff ‘cover’, whatever that is. On top of that there’s the £9.6k for ‘communication’. Could this be the ‘communication’ allowance David Cameron wants to abolish, whereby sitting MPs get up to £10,000 of your money annually to write to you to tell you how wonderful they are. If so, it’s good to see that Ed’s making such good use of it.
Now I wonder why the Telegraph is concentrating on the second homes issue, apparently to the exclusion of all else. It seems to me that, by ignoring matters like the above they’re ignoring the elephant in the room.
|Constituency:||Kingston and Surbiton|
|MP:||Davey, Mr Edward|
|Total Expens es:||£148,201