What with Kevin Barron being my MP I’m keen to know what his expenses cover but as yet we don’t know, despite a court ruling that MPs expense details should be published, and the fact that the Telegraph has a copy.
We do know what Kevin Barron claimed in broad categories, and they are listed in this post. What we don’t know is what, specifically, the money was spent on. I know Kevin Barron reads this blog because he has written to me to tell me he does, so he can’t have missed my invitations to allow him to publish the details here as he doesn’t have his own website yet -which is fair enough -£98,254 on staff and £8,724 on communications in a year doesn’t stretch for ever you know – websites are expensive. This one, for example, has cost me absolutely nothing at all …
Anyway, the people at Shoothill have created a colour-coded map showing how much MPs claimed in total in the financial year 07/08. You can see the whole map here, but the picture below is a crop of our region – Rother Valley is the orange (£150,000 to £155,000) constituency roughly in the middle, with Aughton and Wales marked.
Although Kevin Barron has claimed a similar amount that a few surrounding MPs, he has claimed considerably more than a number of other in the area – notably Dennis Skinner in Bolsover (£66,993) and even Douglas Hogg of moat-cleaning fame in Sleaford and North Hykeham (£127,902).
Kevin – can you let your constituents know what you spent it all on please?