MP claimed £1,000 for a photocopier

Eric Illsley, former Labour representative for Barnsley Central
Eric Illsley, former Labour representative for Barnsley Central
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DISGRACED former South Yorkshire MP Eric Illsley pocketed almost £2,000 in taxpayer-funded allowances in the last two months of last year - shortly before admitting expenses fraud.

Illsley claimed £1,965 in expenses in November and December, including more than £1,000 for hiring a photocopier and £48.53 for renting a mobile phone.

In January, he pleaded guilty to dishonestly claiming £14,500 of expenses, and a month later he was imprisoned for a year.

Latest figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show how Mr Illsley kept claiming parliamentary allowances during his legal case and after being suspended as a Labour MP.

His claims from November and December included £101.13 for telephone usage/rental, £99 in council tax for his second home, a £58.91 electricity bill, a £57.67 water bill and £17.30 in food and drink.

Meanwhile, Rotherham MP Denis MacShane had almost £100 of expenses claims rejected by IPSA. Mr MacShane was suspended by the Labour Party in October after the Parliamentary watchdog reported him to the police over his expense claims.

The latest figures show that a claim submitted by Mr MacShane of £32.26 for stationery was rejected because the receipt did not match the claim. Similarly, a claim of £8.99 for a telephone extension cable was rejected because of “insufficient evidence”.

Two other claims for stationery - one for £18.10 and one for £33.72 - were turned down because they were made after the 90 day time limit in which MPs are supposed to submit their expenses.

Mr MacShane said: “An IPSA official helped me to fill in these forms and I got no notification there was any problem with them until Monday.

“They refer to normal office stationery and now, in consultation with the IPSA official concerned, we are trying to find out what happened.”

In total, MPs were paid £3.2 million in expenses from the final two months of 2010, the IPSA figures show. Another £9,998 worth of claims submitted by 44 MPs were refused by the watchdog from the same period.

Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was the Cabinet’s biggest recipient of expenses over the period - being paid £3,351.

- with Chancellor George Osborne being paid the least - £61.