Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tory Grandee Cash Pays Back [Pounds Sterling]15,000 in Bid to Save Career

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tory Grandee Cash Pays Back [Pounds Sterling]15,000 in Bid to Save Career

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent

TORY grandee Bill Cash today agreed to repay [pounds sterling]15,000 of taxpayers' money he used to rent a flat from his daughter.

In a desperate bid to save his 25-year career as an MP, Mr Cash announced at lunchtime that he intended to pay back the public funds as he was engulfed in a "keep it in the family" expenses storm.

Earlier, he was spoken to by Conservative chief whip Patrick McLoughlin about his claims, which have sparked anger among many voters.

It is not clear if the move will save Mr Cash after Conservatives leader David Cameron warned he had some "very serious questions to answer" about his use of public funds to rent the Notting Hill flat from his daughter Laetitia.

The Evening Standard can reveal that the veteran MP's wife, as well as one of his sons, have both also benefited from his Commons expenses.

The revelations are likely to dash the parliamentary hopes of Laetitia, 35, who is on the Tory "A-list" of would-be MPs.

Mr Cash admitted that while he was billing the taxpayer to rent out his daughter's flat, his son Sam was staying rent-free in his small flat in Pimlico, just 10 minutes from Westminster.

Mr Cash also employs his wife Bridget as a parliamentary/research assistant, a post with a salary range of [pounds sterling]14,212 to [pounds sterling]34,240.

The arch-Eurosceptic MP rented the flat from his daughter for the year to March 2005 before moving out shortly before she sold it for [pounds sterling]386,000, reportedly making a profit of [pounds sterling]48,000, though he disputes this figure.

But the MP did not move straight back to his flat close to Parliament where his son was living. Instead, he stayed in London clubs, hotels and with friends, in what he describes as a "nomadic" three-month period. …

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