I feel strongly that openness and transparency are necessary to ensure a good relationship between elected representatives and their constituents. To that end, you can see below a complete copy of my office expenses from the last financial year.
As you can see, the vast majority of my expenses goes towards paying my staff who work hard to support me in my parliamentary and constituency duties. This budget includes their salaries, National Insurance contributions and pensions and is entirely in accordance with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) guidelines. Together with the costs of running my two offices, this accounts for almost 90% of my expenses claim.
Accommodation in London is necessary as MPs are expected to be in the House of Commons often until 10.30 pm and it would be impossible for me to commute. I do not claim for food or refreshments of any kind either here, in the constituency, or in London.
If you have any further queries in this respect then please do get in touch and I will be happy to discuss them with you.