Deputy PM Clegg defends cost of leasing his offices

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended the £28,000 cost of leasing his office from his constituency party.

Mr Clegg claims £27,750 annually to cover rent for the building at Nether Green.

He is the only Sheffield MP to rent a building from their own party - and Mr Clegg’s claim is well above average.

Some 244 MPs lease their constituency offices from their parties - paying an average of £14,886 annual rent.

Mr Clegg said: “We have done a survey and the rents are at the market level. I am in an arrangement entered into by my predecessor at Hallam MP, Richard Allan.”

Mr Clegg said there was a shortage of office accommodation within his constituency and that high property prices push up the level of rents.

“We looked to move some months ago but it is incredibly difficult to find anywhere else suitable in south west Sheffield,” he said.

“The offices are not a luxurious building and the key thing is to make sure we are not wasting taxpayers’ money.”