Eric has published his expenses under the Additional Costs Allowance for MPs going back to 2004.
They show that his claims for maintaining a place in London for him to live in during the week were legitimate and no rules were broken. He claimed less than the full entitlement.
"My expenses are going to be forensically examined by auditors and I am happy for them to do that. I don't believe that I've claimed anything that I shouldn't have."
"We must change the system so that MPs get the rate for the job and won't need the same support. An MP's basic salary at the moment is £64.766. But if this were raised to around £90,000, the Additional Costs Allowance now £24,006 could be significantly reduced. The fact that we don't get the rate for the job is our own fault. We've always been afraid of the reaction of the electorate."
Eric claimed several thousand pounds less than the permitted maximum over the four years under scrutiny.
|Repairs, insurance, security||£297|
inc £599 towards flat screen TV
|Repairs, insurance, security||£440|
inc £380 for chest of drawers; £721 for bed; £196 bedding; £199 vacuum cleaner
|Repairs, insurance, security||£50|
inc £743 for window blinds; £20 a month Sky TV subscription
|Repairs, insurance, security||£160|
|TOTAL 2004-8: £82,665|
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|On behalf of Eric Martlew, 3 Chatsworth Square Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1HB|