Morecambe MP claims £114,000

MORECAMBE’S parliamentary representative David Morris once claimed that his aim was to be “the cheapest MP in the Northern hemisphere” but new figures reveal that he isn’t even the cheapest MP in the district.

Figures published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show that Mr Morris spent £114,429.07 in his first year in office compared to the £106,065.55 spent by Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw.

The majority of Mr Morris’s expenditure is for staffing which cost £75,877.38.

However, a spokesman for Mr Morris said he was good value for money: “David is about delivering on his election pledges and is working hard for Morecambe and Lunesdale.

“He always travels standard class on the train and looks for the cheapest time of day to travel.

“He is very sensible in what he claims and never claims for food, which he is entitled to do if debates in the house go beyond 7pm in the evening.

“He has made far more speeches and attended far more votes and is cheaper than the previous MP.”

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