Labour candidate vows not to claim accommodation expenses if elected

In the wake of Conservative MP for Rochford & Southend East James Duddridge having claimed over £11,000 in expenses to stay in hotels, despite owning two properties in London and renting a third, Ian Gilbert, the Labour candidate for the constituency, has pledged not to claim accommodation expenses if elected, until the regressive Conservative bedroom tax is repealed.

In the wake of Conservative MP for Rochford & Southend East James Duddridge having claimed over £11,000 in expenses to stay in hotels, despite owning two properties in London and renting a third, Ian Gilbert, the Labour candidate for the constituency, has pledged not to claim accommodation expenses if elected, until the regressive Conservative bedroom tax is repealed.

 

The bedroom tax has been one of the most regressively damaging measures introduced by the Tory-led coalition, and voted for by James Duddridge.

 

Ian Gilbert said, “At a time when the people of Rochford and Southend East are struggling through the cost of living crisis, the extravagance of James Duddridge claiming £11,000 to stay in hotels, despite owning two properties in London, is almost beyond belief. MPs are public servants, and it is not right for them to live the life of luxury on taxpayer’s money.”

 

He added, “There's no way on earth I would claim accommodation expenses whilst my constituents were being hit by the bedroom tax. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.”

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