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The unusual things MPs claim for

PUBLISHED: 16:23 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 07 September 2010

The Ham&High reporting team visited MPs this week to view their receipts. Among them were some particularly eyebrow-raising findings:

The Ham&High reporting team visited MPs this week to view their receipts. Among them were some particularly eyebrow-raising findings.

Lynne Featherstone

Item: Dyson Vacuum cleaner

Cost: £239.99

Item: Paper Folding Machine

Cost: £549.99

Explanation: "To fold letters to constituents from my Parliamentary office. I do signing in batches and usually several hundred letters in one go. It is more time efficient for them to be mechanically folded - increasing the time for my office has to deal with other enquiries from constituents."

Item: Walkie Talkie

Cost: £69.95

Explanation: "My office is upstairs in a pub and the pub staff were getting cross about coming upstairs to get us."

Item: House plants

Cost: £59.96

Explanation: "Someone thought it would brighten the office but I suppose they could have bought it themselves."

Frank Dobson

Item: Diary (annually)

Cost: £38

Explanation: "It is just a nice diary."

Evolution Synchotask Chair

Cost: £189.99

Item: Tin of shortbread

Cost: £0

Explanation: "The only thing I came across was a receipt for small office equipment which also said a tin of shortbread.

"I thought, 'Oh god we haven't been buying tins of shortbread,' but I looked at the money column and there was nothing paid. It must have been that the company who supplied the office equipment supplied us with a free tin."

Karen Buck

Item: Two domed "gents" and "ladies" signs for the office toilets

Cost: £3.95 each

"Volunteers at the constituency office kept getting confused over which one to use."

Rudi Vis

Olympus Digital Camera

Cost: £249.89

"The taxpayer only pays us for things used in the constituency and the camera is for the office there sometimes it is necessary for planning issues and things like that."

Glenda Jackson

Item: Pack of 10 plastic vending cups

Cost: 79p


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