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Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles claiming rent on expenses

By kay_kelly  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

Stamford and Grantham MP Nick Boles

Stamford and Grantham MP Nick Boles

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Stamford and Grantham MP Nick Boles is one of more than 300 MPs claiming rent on expenses.

The planning minister rents a property in Stamford from Burghley House Preservation Trust.

New rules now ban MPs from claiming expenses for mortgages - but still allows them to claim for rent.

MPs claiming rent costs the taxpayer more than £1m a year.

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Elected MP for Grantham and Stamford in 2010, Mr Boles has come under fire both nationally and locally in recent months.

First he called for pensioners to be means-tested for benefits such as winter fuel allowances and free bus passes and then it was revealed he claimed £678.80 expenses for Hewbrew language lessons - after entering into a civil partnership with Israeli Shay Meshulam last year.

Mr Boles was unavailable for comment.

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  • eatmygoal  |  November 20 2012, 2:18PM

    Hang on, "MP Nick Boles claiming rent on expenses" and "New rules... still allows them to claim for rent." What's the story?

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  • M_C_Donald  |  November 20 2012, 2:17PM

    This is represents what is wrong with our political system where a candidate can be parachuted into a constituency without living there. Here is a man who doesn't own property in the area he represents, being a 'chosen man' dropped into a winnable seat. I would like the law to be changed where before you can stand for election as an MP you have to have your main residence for five years in the area you wish to represent. I would also like to see MPs who live further than an hour's travel from London being accommodated in a state funded apartment block which would have to be vacated when the seat is lost or resigned. If an MP lives closer than one hour's journey from London I would expect then to travel home at the end of the working day like the rest of us. If there is a business need for one of these MPs to stay overnight in London they should be accommodated in state funded short stay rooms.

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  • West_Lindsey  |  November 20 2012, 2:01PM

    Yes this is another way that public money is provided after the last expenses fiasco. I watched the Channel 4 Dispatches prog last night which confirms ,We CLEARLY ARE NOT IN IT ALL TOGETHER. Have a look at this link, just let adds pass http://tinyurl.com/ybq5bse"

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  • dean44  |  November 20 2012, 1:32PM

    i think theres alot more MP' S doing this while the whole country is struggling to live everyday bringing up kids and to eat and pay bills this happens behind are back ... it upsets me im very ill lost my job cause of being ill and spend most of my time now in and out of hospital ,, i want to be able to have a comfotable living and not have to struggle yet these MP S who are suppose to be trustworthy and represent us and there cities etc rip us off someone explain this as il never vote again

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  • dean44  |  November 20 2012, 1:27PM

    disgraceful im on benefits and struggling to pay bills and private renting as my sick pay finished and he gets this why someone explain to me

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