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Sir Menzies Campbell: top designer for £10,000 overhaul of flat(oh an you paid for it...)

Ming the Merciless is even blagging expenses....Sir Menzies Campbell’s expenses claims show that he brought in the designer to fit out his small flat in Dolphin Square, a few hundred yards from the House of Commons.
He justified the claims by saying he had not used his full second home allowance in previous years.

The refurbishment claim under the Additional Costs Allowance included Roman blinds worth £528.75, five cushions costing £176.25, four bedside shelves totalling £1,420, as well as tie hangers, bulbs, a laundry basket, and extension cable costing £66.90.

Sir Menzies also claimed for a lampshade, hooks, a “loo brush”, black-out blinds, cleaning products and soap worth £272.86.

He included a new king-size bed, worth £1,024 and bed linen worth £373 as well as £1,515 decorating bill.
The designer, a family friend who has been in charge of refurbishing a leading hotel, also submitted a bill for two cupboards, costing £822.50, to be built either side of the bed.

He also claimed thousands of pounds for food over the summer recess when Parliament was not sitting, including £800 in September and October 2004, £1,000 between August and November 2005, £1,000 in July, August and September 2006 and £650 in July and August 2007.

He claimed for £1,718 on laundry over the four years, as well as more than £4,700 on parking bills at his flat, despite MPs having access to free parking below the Commons.
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