(BBC)

A former MP, Margaret Ferrier, who faced a recall vote after violating Covid rules, managed to retain her taxpayer-funded laptop at a significantly reduced price following her departure from office.

Newly released expense data from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) reveals that Ms. Ferrier acquired her work laptop for just £320, enjoying a substantial discount of £898 from the original £1218 paid by taxpayers in 2020.

The latest disclosure of MPs’ expenses also highlights other claims, such as Tory MP Henry Smith expensing £300 for his participation in a conference focused on flags. Smith, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Flags and Heraldry, spoke at the Flag Institute’s semi-annual conference in Edinburgh, told Mirror.

Another Tory MP, Mark Jenkinson, billed taxpayers £56.98 for a pair of wellies, which he stated were purchased for a visit to the Rivers Trust. Mr. Jenkinson’s constituency had witnessed significant sewage overflow at the Plumbland wastewater treatment site, making it the highest contributor to such incidents in England last year. Despite this, Mr. Jenkinson defended the expense, emphasizing his dedication to hands-on work for his constituents.

All expenses claimed by the MPs were reported within the guidelines set by IPSA and were properly declared. The expense data, part of routine disclosures, provides insight into how public funds are utilized by elected representatives.

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