MPs’ energy bill claim fury

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts
Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts
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MPs representing South Yorkshire claimed more than £7,000 from taxpayers to cover energy bills for their second homes.

More than half of all MPs – 341 out of 650 – made the expenses claims, which totalled £200,000 over the last year.

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

All but three of the MPs for Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, plus those in north Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire, claimed.

Only Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, Sarah Champion, who represents Rotherham, and Bassetlaw MP John Mann, who are all Labour politicians, did not claim. Mr Betts said: “It is a personal matter and I do not want to comment further.”

Rod Padley, branch secretary of Unison at Sheffield Council, said: “Clive Betts should be commended. As for the rest, it’s deplorable, especially for the Labour MPs, when members of the public are struggling to pay.”

The top five claims were by Labour MPs David Blunkett, Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, who claimed £1,095, followed by Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher, Rother Valley’s Kevin Barron, North East Derbyshire’s Natascha Engel and Barnsley Central’s Dan Jarvis. Labour leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband claimed £403.59 and Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy PM Nick Clegg £254.29.

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham