Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has dismissed his expenses were ‘misclaimed’ after being named as one of 26 current and former MPs whose debts of up to £500 were written off.
The Commons expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), today said Dr Poulter had £229.62 outstanding, which had subsequently been written off.
However, a statement from the MP’s office said an invoice had not been received by the watchdog.
It read: “This amount concerns an invoice from BT. It appears that the invoice had not been received by IPSA so a second copy of the invoice is now being sent to them to resolve this.
“Dr Poulter was completely unaware that this debt was outstanding or that it had been written off.”
Mr Poulter’s debt was the second highest on the list, while former MP for South Suffolk Tim Yeo had £10 worth of debt.
IPSA revealed the total amount written off over the 12-month period was £2,105.43.
It added MP’s expenses and costs for 2014/15 rose to nearly £106 million.
Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “These MPs and former MPs today named as owing money to IPSA must repay their debts immediately.”
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