Labour MP Debbie Abrahams, the MP for Oldham has been hauled before the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the parliamentary expenses body, over a problem with her official MPs credit card.
MPs are issued with an official credit card to pay for travel, accommodation and approved expenses, but in Mrs Abraham’s case the card was suspended because she owed £2,586.90.
The amount on the card, which according to the Oldham Chronicle has since been repaid, was due to a dispute over the return of a rental deposit.
Mrs Abrahams told the Oldham Chronicle:
“The amount outstanding to IPSA was for a tenancy deposit loan a previous landlord had refused to return. I was in protracted correspondence with IPSA and others over many months.
“When it became clear the deposit wouldn’t be repaid before the dissolution of parliament, I took out a loan to repay IPSA – which I did before the deadline. I continue to pursue the lettings agency and former landlord for the return of the deposit.”
Politicians are under an obligation to prove to IPSA that all spending on the official card is for parliamentary business, otherwise they must pay off the outstanding balance at the end of each month.
Oldham MP has Credit Card Suspended After Using it to Pay Landlord’s Deposit – http://t.co/4EcglCjSIy
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