Southend West MP could be banned from renting home

Southend Standard: David Amess David Amess

TORY MP David Amess could be banned from renting out his parliamentary second home and billing taxpayers £1,570 a month to stay elsewhere.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has launched a review of the MPs’ expenses scheme, which it is responsible for policing.

The move comes a month after controversy erupted over more than 30 parliamentarians, who were revealed to be letting out their second homes while renting property elsewhere in the capital.

However, Mr Amess has dodged a bid to expose to whom he channels public money every month.

A Freedom of Information request to reveal details of landlords who rent their properties to MPs has revealed the arrangements of more than 300 parliamentarians.

But Mr Amess, who represents Southend West, escaped scrutiny after convincing sleaze watchdogs not to publish his details for an unknown reason.

The decision has outraged critics, who claimed it was another example of the MP trying to sidestep questions about his expenses.

Martin Terry, spokesman for Southend’s Independent group, said: “When this Government was elected, they promised they would be open and transparent about MPs’ expenses.

“But yet again, we have Mr Amess hiding something from the public.

“He is an elected politician and he needs to be accountable.”

During the financial year 2011/12, Mr Amess claimed £11,500 for stays in hotels and rent on a flat, separate from the two-bedroom home he owns on the Isle of Dogs.

He also charged the taxpayer £2,700 for commuting to and from London.

IPSA’s consultation on the expenses rules was launched this week and will run until January 18.

To take part, members of the public can visit www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk.

Any changes will come into force in April. Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA’s chairman, said: “Since IPSA was created in the wake of the 2009 expenses scandal, we have established a new, robust, transparent and effective system for administering MPs’ business costs and expenses.

“The scheme is operating well, but where it has been suggested that minor adjustments are needed, we are open minded and want to hear what people think.”

In a statement on his website, Mr Amess said he had been open and honest about his expenses at all times.

He added: “The accommodation is rented through a letting agency.

“I have never met the landlord, who is not a Member of Parliament and is neither a relative nor a friend.”

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7:40am Thu 22 Nov 12

Nebs says...

They should pass a law banning anyone named David from standing for Parliament.
They should pass a law banning anyone named David from standing for Parliament. Nebs

8:58am Thu 22 Nov 12

Wendy, Westcliff says...

I have never seen a photo of David Amess where he isn't laughing. Is he laughing at us?
I have never seen a photo of David Amess where he isn't laughing. Is he laughing at us? Wendy, Westcliff

10:00am Thu 22 Nov 12

shallotman says...

That pigs trough must be gold plated by now.
That pigs trough must be gold plated by now. shallotman

10:01am Thu 22 Nov 12

shallotman says...

That pigs trough must be gold plated by now.
That pigs trough must be gold plated by now. shallotman

10:23am Thu 22 Nov 12

Discouraged says...

Wasn't the second home he owns bought with public money? If it was, and he is renting this out AND charging for staying elsewhere then it stinks.
Wasn't the second home he owns bought with public money? If it was, and he is renting this out AND charging for staying elsewhere then it stinks. Discouraged

10:26am Thu 22 Nov 12

bumper says...

glad the Muppet has got a second home some have not got one at all scum does he pay tax on his homes or his he one of Cameron's rich who do not get taxed i use work 140 miles away from my work i did not get a house to stay at while i was there its a joke .
glad the Muppet has got a second home some have not got one at all scum does he pay tax on his homes or his he one of Cameron's rich who do not get taxed i use work 140 miles away from my work i did not get a house to stay at while i was there its a joke . bumper

12:10pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Why can't he catch the train and commute like the rest of us - how many late night sittings are there anyway? A disgraceful situation as the recent TV programme revealed!
Why can't he catch the train and commute like the rest of us - how many late night sittings are there anyway? A disgraceful situation as the recent TV programme revealed! Olivia2847

12:24pm Thu 22 Nov 12

alimac69 says...

What a greedy man. If he has a property he bought for the purpose of using as his city base, then he should be staying there not using hotels instead. As for his travel expenses, how often does he travel to Westminster? I have to pay for my own travel to London to go to work, why do his travel expenses not get paid from his salary like everyone else?
What a greedy man. If he has a property he bought for the purpose of using as his city base, then he should be staying there not using hotels instead. As for his travel expenses, how often does he travel to Westminster? I have to pay for my own travel to London to go to work, why do his travel expenses not get paid from his salary like everyone else? alimac69

12:56pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

Wendy, Westcliff wrote:
I have never seen a photo of David Amess where he isn't laughing. Is he laughing at us?
that butt plug always brings a smile to his face
[quote][p][bold]Wendy, Westcliff[/bold] wrote: I have never seen a photo of David Amess where he isn't laughing. Is he laughing at us?[/p][/quote]that butt plug always brings a smile to his face Eric Whim

4:32pm Thu 22 Nov 12

firedog says...

This odius man has acheived something,he has left me speechless!
This odius man has acheived something,he has left me speechless! firedog

4:52pm Thu 22 Nov 12

eddicaine says...

How did this person finish up as a Southend MP after being kicked out of Basildon for not being good enough. Do feel sorry for him though if he has to travel all the way to London from Southend,
How did this person finish up as a Southend MP after being kicked out of Basildon for not being good enough. Do feel sorry for him though if he has to travel all the way to London from Southend, eddicaine

6:28pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Politicians the very word annoys me.
Politicians the very word annoys me. Brunning999

1:37pm Fri 23 Nov 12

jayman says...

can we ban him from stealing everyone else's oxygen?
can we ban him from stealing everyone else's oxygen? jayman

4:20pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

eddicaine wrote:
How did this person finish up as a Southend MP after being kicked out of Basildon for not being good enough. Do feel sorry for him though if he has to travel all the way to London from Southend,
he wasn't chucked out of Basildon, he did a runner before he was likely to be voted out and landed a cushy comfortable safe seat in Southend.

More fool them if they keep voting the oleaginous grasper in.
[quote][p][bold]eddicaine[/bold] wrote: How did this person finish up as a Southend MP after being kicked out of Basildon for not being good enough. Do feel sorry for him though if he has to travel all the way to London from Southend,[/p][/quote]he wasn't chucked out of Basildon, he did a runner before he was likely to be voted out and landed a cushy comfortable safe seat in Southend. More fool them if they keep voting the oleaginous grasper in. Eric Whim

1:25pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

Wendy, Westcliff wrote:
I have never seen a photo of David Amess where he isn't laughing. Is he laughing at us?
of course he is, he's laughing that the electorate keep him in a position where he can claim expenses like they're going out of fashion and there isn't much anyone can (or are tempted at election time) do about it
[quote][p][bold]Wendy, Westcliff[/bold] wrote: I have never seen a photo of David Amess where he isn't laughing. Is he laughing at us?[/p][/quote]of course he is, he's laughing that the electorate keep him in a position where he can claim expenses like they're going out of fashion and there isn't much anyone can (or are tempted at election time) do about it Eric Whim

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