Watchdog apologises after MPs' Christmas expenses row

Watchdog apologises after MPs' Christmas expenses row

Nov 24, 2022 by BBC

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  • Image source, Getty Images Parliament's expenses watchdog has apologised for publishing advice that MPs could claim for the cost of an office Christmas party.
  • He added that afterwards he was contacted by numerous MPs, who "have made it clear to me that they have never made such claims in the past and have no intention of doing so in the future.
  • Image source, PA Image caption, The advice also said MPs could claim for Christmas cards - as long as they weren't sent to "large groups or all constituents" In an update from Ipsa last week, MPs were told they could claim for "festive office events" for staff - as long as they were parliamentary in nature, not party political and represented value for money.
  • A spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he wouldn't be claiming for a party, and that MPs would have to "justify all spending to their constituents".

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