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Cornish MP Clocks Second Highest Expenses

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2:17pm 13th September 2012

A Cornish MP clocks the second highest expenses in the country.

Pirate FM has learnt Newquay and St Austell's Stephen Gilbert claimed more than £185'000 last year.

He says one-offs stretched the budget, including making staff redundant: "A number of one-off events stretched the budget last year including a significant office team restructure with associated redundancy payment costs. On top of that I spent the first six months of the Parliament benefitting from free London accommodation, and so 2011/2012 was the first to reflect a full year's rental cost for London accommodation.

"I remain absolutely committed to ensuring we get the best value for money as my team and I serve the people of St Austell and Newquay.

"I will continue to meet the pledges on MPs expenses that I set out in 2010. I said I would never claim expenses for food in London, wouldn't have a second job during my time as an MP, and would publish my claims through my website - I haven't, I don't and I do."

2:17pm 13th September 2012

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