They’re STILL at it… Hundreds of MPs – including Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg – get their energy bills paid on expenses
- Politicians claimed a total of £200,000 on expenses for gas and electricity
- 340 MPs have taken advantage of the perk, while many struggle to pay bills
- Ed Miliband claimed £403.59 for fuel, Nick Clegg claimed £254.29
- Highest claimer was Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, who charged £5,822.27
Hundreds of MPs – including Ed Miliband – have together claimed a total of £200,000 on expenses to pay their energy bills.
Politicians have claimed up to £6,000 each for gas and electricity in their second homes, leaving hard-pressed taxpayers to pick up the bill.
Some 340 MPs, some of them multi-millionaires, have taken advantage of the perk at a time when many people are struggling to pay rising utility bills.
Even Labour leader Mr Miliband, who has attacked the Government over spiralling costs, claimed £403.59 for fuel at his constituency home in Doncaster.
TAP – Cameron doesn’t claim any fuel allowance. I wonder who pushed this story into the media!
Press row: PM faces questions over link to charity
David Cameron officially declares that he is patron of an initiative run by Common Purpose, a charity linked to the campaign for tougher regulation of the Press
David Cameron failed to declare his post as patron of a Common Purpose initiative for at
least two years Photo: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph
David Cameron is facing questions over his ties to a charity linked to the campaign for tougher regulation of the Press.
The Prime Minister officially declared in a newly published register of ministerial interests that he is patron of an initiative run by Common Purpose, a leadership organisation whose founders set up one of the most vocal lobbying groups for media regulation.
The initiative, Dishaa Venture, aims to build links between India and Britain and was launched in Bangalore by the Prime Minister in July 2010. He addresses participants in its programme each year.
However, Mr Cameron failed to declare the post for at least two years despite two opportunities to do so in official registers.
The disclosure comes days after the approval of a controversial cross-party charter introducing a system of Press regulation underpinned by statute and is likely to raise questions about why Mr Cameron did not register the link to a group closely associated with efforts to regulate the Press until last week.
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