1. Elliot Morley (Lab, Scunthorpe) Elliot Morley claimed more than £16,000 for a mortgage which had been paid off.
2. David Chaytor (Lab, Bury North) David Chaytor was another MP who stands accused of improperly claiming expenses for a property he owned outright, receiving almost £13,000 in all.
3. Jim Devine (Lab, Livingston) Jim Devine is suspected of submitting false invoices to claim £3,240 for cleaning services and £5,505 for stationery.
4. Douglas Hogg (Con, Sleaford and North Hykeham) Douglas Hogg infamously included the £2,115 cost of having his moat cleared in his expenses. The MP had come to a special arrangement with the fees office under which he provided a list of the costs of running his estate, which were greatly in excess of the maximum second home allowance, and he was paid one twelfth of the maximum each month. The ten-page costs letter included the moat, piano tuning, £18,000 a year for a full-time gardener, £671 for a mole-catcher and around £200 a year for maintenance of an Aga oven.
5. Margaret Moran (Lab, Luton South) Margaret Moran renovated three properties at the taxpayers’ expense – including a £22,500 course of dry rot treatment at a seaside house a hundred miles from her constituency – by repeatedly ‘flipping’ her second home designation.
6. Julie Kirkbride (Con, Bromsgrove) and Andrew MacKay (Con, Bracknell) As married MPs, Andrew MacKay and Julie Kirkbride were both entitled to claim additional costs allowance. However, the couple chose to designate different properties as their second homes. In 2007–08 Mr MacKay claimed £11,968 on a flat in Westminster. During the same period his wife claimed £13,377 on a flat in her constituency.
7. Ben Chapman (Lab, Wirral South) Ben Chapman claimed about £15,000 of expenses for interest on part of his mortgage he had already repaid – but unlike other claimants for ‘phantom mortgages’ – he did so with permission from an official in the Commons fees office. He had complained that ‘by paying off capital I am forgoing interest and investment opportunities elsewhere’.
8. Sir Peter Viggers (Con, Gosport) Sir Peter became famous for trying to make perhaps the most ridiculous claim of all – that of £1,645 for a floating house for ducks on his pond. The ‘Stockholm’ duck house was based on the design of an eighteenth century building in Sweden and was almost 5ft tall. Sir Peter’s claim was rejected by the fees office. He had however been paid more than £30,000 of taxpayers’ money over a three-year period for ‘gardening’, including the cost of twenty eight tons of manure.
9. Shahid Malik (Lab, Dewsbury) The former justice minister has claimed the maximum available in second home expenses for his house in South London, despite having quite a modest mortgage. He owns his ‘second’ home in London, but rents his ‘main’ home in his constituency.
10. Bill Wiggin (Con, Leominster) The opposition whip had formerly designated his second home as a house in Fulham, West London, worth at least £900,000. In April 2004 he and his wife spent £480,000 on a constituency property near Ledbury, Herefordshire. He changed his second home designation to the new property and began claiming mortgage interest payments totalling £11,514. But the couple owned the property outright. In December 2007 the fees office asked him about his living arrangements and he was allowed to change his second home designation back to his London house ‘retrospectively’.
Peter Ainsworth (Con, Surrey East) Peter Ainsworth’s claim for a £957 ‘pewter finish’ radiator cover was rejected by the fees office.
Mark Hoban (Con, Fareham) £35 on a toilet-roll holder, £100 for a shower rack, £79 for four silk cushions and £18 for a lavatory brush. He said: ‘At the time, I believed these claims were within the spirit of the rules’ . David Jones (Con, Clwyd West) £119 for a Corby trouser press.
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Lab, Manchester Gorton) Claimed £8,865 for a Bang & Olufsen television. The claim was rejected, but the fees office did pay him £750 – the maximum allowable for a television under the second homes allowance.
George Howarth (Lab, Knowsley North and Sefton East) Tried to claim £999 for a chest of drawers in his second home, telling the fees office that it was the only one that ‘matched’ the rest of his furniture.
David Wilshire (Con, Spelthorne) Claimed a total of £6,000 towards redecorating his second home at some point in the future. He arranged to claim £66.66 a month for the ‘share of renewal of carpets/curtains every ten years’.
Rosie Winterton (Lab, Doncaster Central) Tried to claim for ‘soundproofing’ the bedroom of her London home. The £890 bill was rejected by the fees office.
Mike Penning (Con, Hemel Hempstead) Claimed £2.99 for a stainless steel dog bowl. He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘This was claimed for mistakenly, for which I apologize sincerely and will pay back.’
Natascha Engel (Lab, Derbyshire North East) Claimed £117.50 for ten copies of a DVD of her maiden speech to Parliament. She has since said she will pay the money back.
Fraser Kemp (Lab, Houghton & Washington East) Claimed for sixteen bed sheets in less than two months.
Austin Mitchell (Lab, Great Grimsby) Claims included 67p for Ginger Crinkle biscuits and 68p for a jar of Branston Pickle.
Tim Yeo (Con, South Suffolk) Claimed £905.95 for a pink Sony Vaio laptop in November 2007. When his claim was disclosed Mr Yeo responded: ‘A laptop is a laptop whatever colour it is. This is a trivial point.’
Peter Luff (Con, Mid Worcestershire) Claimed £17,000 on his parliamentary expenses for furniture, linen and electrical goods over four years. This included three lavatory seats, three food mixers, two microwaves and ten sets of bed linen. Andrew Smith (Lab, Oxford East) Claimed a 50p carrier bag from Ikea as part of the £34,000 of expenses he used to renovate his house.
Charles Kennedy (Lib Dem, Ross, Skye & Lochaber) Claimed back £35.75 spent in the House of Commons gift shop on three boxes of mints and two cuddly toys.
David Heathcoat-Amory (Con, Wells) Between 2004 and 2007 claimed a total of £388.80 for horse manure for the garden of his second home.
John Gummer (Con, Suffolk Coastal) The tax payer was billed more than £100 a year to remove moles from John Gummer’s estate, as part of more than £9,000 a year for gardening.