Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STORM OVER FLAT CLAIMS; MP Kirkbride under Fire on Expenses

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STORM OVER FLAT CLAIMS; MP Kirkbride under Fire on Expenses

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TORY backbencher Julie Kirkbride's career was hanging by a thread today as anger grew over her expenses claims.

The Bromsgrove MP broke cover in desperate defence of her position after David Cameron warned she had ''questions to answer''.

But she was into deeper trouble by revelations that taxpayers part-funded a pounds 50,000 extension at her flat for her brother.

Ms Kirkbride insisted the room was needed because it was ''inappropriate'' for her son to share with his uncle, who was carrying out childcare duties.

She said the arrangement - which saw her claims for mortgage interest payments rise by around pounds 250 a month - was explicitly authorised by the Commons Fees Office.

Tory grandee Sir John Butterfill became the latest subject today, after avoiding capital gains tax on pounds 600,000 profit from selling a taxpayer-funded property. He claimed nearly pounds 17,000 just for servants' quarters, where his housekeeper and odd-job man lived. …

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