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Celia Barlow claimed £28,000 before switching home.

Get this woman some Brasso for her brass neck. She used her second home allowance to spend more than £28,000 on stamp duty, legal costs and renovations despite telling the fees office that the property would become her main home.

Miss Barlow redecorated two bathrooms, claimed more than £1,000 for electrical work and spent thousands in removal fees.

She submitted a £540 bill for gardening and installed a porch door and submitted another £520 invoice for removing a shed from her new garden and getting rid of unwanted concrete.

In January 2006, Miss Barlow told the fees office she was nominating her new £555,000 house in Hove as her second home, with the intention that it would soon become her main house.

This allowed the MP to claim legal fees, stamp duty and her mortgage broker’s charges.

She also submitted a £2,890 bill for removal costs in the same form at the beginning of 2006. In all, she claimed £29,399 and was paid £13,881 by the fees office.

In May 2006, Miss Barlow submitted a £1,437 claim for moving furniture on her second home allowance.

Two months later, she claimed £5,565 which included £2,321 for “alterations to two bathrooms”, a £502 bill for storage and a £294 bill for a bed and a chair.

The MP was paid all but £446 of the bill.

In August 2006, Miss Barlow submitted an invoice from Bathstore which included a lavatory, basin, shower valve and a “high lustre silver” bath screen which came to £2,458.

Her total claim came to £5,183 and she was paid £4,935. She then submitted another claim which included £458 for a whirlpool bath, £574 for more bathroom goods and £1,183 for electrical services.

In all she claimed £4,181 and was paid £3,570 by the fees office, which took her to her maximum annual allowance of £22,110 five months early.

I think that with a majority of just 420, she will not be returning to her life of ease and indolence come election day.

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