NORTHWICH MP Mike Hall has told the Chronicle he believes the MPs expense claim system is in need of urgent reform.
The Weaver Vale representative - who gets paid an annual salary is £60,675 - claimed a total of £228,646 in expenses for the financial year 2007/08.
He said yesterday, Monday: “I fully understand the anger and concern about the Additional Costs Allowance claims made by Members of Parliament.
“There is absolutely no doubt that this system is in need of urgent reform. That is why I voted for the reforms to the additional costs allowance when they came before the House of Commons on April 30.
“I very much welcome the fact that Sir Christopher Kelly and the Committee on Public Life is now conducting a wide ranging review of MPs’ expenses. The aim of this review is to devise a set of arrangements which commands public confidence in the necessary financial support provided for MPs in doing their job.
“I believe that MPs’ claims should be independently audited to ensure that each claim is in order and fully compliant with the rules. I want to see this reform brought in immediately.
The House of Commons now needs to bring forward urgent reforms to reassure the public that we take this matter very seriously indeed.
“I will play my full part in ensuring that the new system is transparent and fair.”
Mr Hall has this week hit back at critics after it was revealed he splashed out almost £15,000 of taxpayers’ money on laundry and cleaning.
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