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Mark Hendrick grasping cunny of an MP, admits estimating claims for mortgage interest

Oh for fucks sake, yet another one engaging in outright theft of public money....Mark Hendrick, the MP for Preston, said he had found it difficult to work out how much the interest element of the mortgage on his London flat came to, and so tried to “work on an average for the year”.

Under parliamentary rules, MPs may claim for the interest on a second home but not the capital repayment.

Mr Hendrick regularly submitted claims for between £900 and £1,015 a month on his London flat, before “flipping” his second home designation to a house in his constituency, where his claims rose to £1,469.

“The fees office have had detailed mortgage information from my bank over the 2004 to 2008 period concerned. I shall be happy to provide them with any further information they require.”
In 2008, Mr Hendrick submitted a one-off claim for £1,344.54, saying that this was for “unclaimed mortgage”. Similar claims did not appear for other years.

The records show that hundreds of other MPs were able to obtain accurate monthly interest statements from their lenders, even when their mortgages included a repayment element.

Mr Hendrick also submitted regular expenses for furniture and decorating work in March, just before the end of the financial year and the annual deadline for submissions under the additional costs allowance, which MPs used to fund a second home.

These included claims for a bed for £1,590, which the fees office reduced to £1,000.
In a letter to officials, the MP argued that he should be paid the full cost of the bed,

A number of Mr Hendrick’s claims, including the bed, a television costing £599.99 and washer-dryer for £799.90, were purchased in Preston, at a time when his London flat was designated as his second home. He insisted that all the furniture was correctly claimed for, and denied that his purchases were “unreasonable or excessive”.

Claims for £2,616.12 for new doors, £1,522 for glazing, and £1,137 for new fences, gates and were “necessary maintenance and repair,” he added before trotting off to stick his piggy snout back into public finances.

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