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Tories question Southend MP's expenses
3:00pm Thursday 25th October 2012 in Local News
SENIOR Tories in Southend have raised question marks over David Amess’s expenses claims.
The Tory MP for Southend West hit the headlines last week after it was revealed he was renting out his second home in London while billing taxpayers £1,570 a month to stay elsewhere in the capital.
The revelations have drawn the ire of dozens of commuters in Southend, who use the town’s two train lines to travel to work in London every day.
When asked to comment by the Echo, several members of the town’s Tory group also admitted they had concerns.
James Courtenay, the Tory councillor responsible for education at Southend Council, said:
“His arrangements are not against the rules. “Whether those rules are fit for purpose is a good question.
“I can understand the argument for his arrangements, but it’s perhaps fair to say it does seem a little excessive.”
Another Tory councillor, who asked not to be named for fear of causing rifts in the party, said: “I believe the real problem is the impression it gives out.
“This is a commuter town, and this doesn’t give the right impression.”
Mr Amess said he had been open and transparent at all times and pointed out his claims did not break Parliamentary rules.
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