MPs defend expense claims

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP

LANCASTER and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw claimed more than £100,000 in expenses in his first full year representing the district.

Mr Ollerenshaw claimed a total of £106,066, £97,130 of which was to pay his three members of staff and two interns over the course of the year.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris claimed £114,429.07, despite saying last year that he aimed to be “the cheapest MP in the northern hemisphere”.

Mr Ollerenshaw claimed £6,484.31 for general administration, including supplies for his constituency office in Great Eccleston, which he shares with Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace, the former MP for Lancaster and Wyre.

Mr Wallace claimed £158,131 in 2009/10 before reforms to the system in the wake of the expenses scandal. That is more than £50,000 more than Mr Ollerenshaw’s claim for 2010/11.

Mr Wallace claimed £133,832.19 this year, £13,196.99 of which paid for the shared constituency office.

Mr Ollerenshaw did not make any claims for rented accommodation and the controversial second home allowance, under which MPs could get interest paid on mortgages, has now been scrapped.

See the Lancaster Guardian (11-08-11) for full story.