MPs’ expenses: David Heathcoat-Amory dumps 550 sacks of manure on taxpayer.
There were a total of 19 claims over a three-year period between 2004 and 2007, totalling £388.80. The highest single bill was for £45. The fees office did not query them.
According to one receipt, each bag cost 70p, which would mean more than 550 would have been used.
The MP also submitted gardening bills, listing £6 for the use of a chainsaw, £2 for mouse poison, £1.95 for sunflower seeds, £15 for moving rubbish and £5 for a wheelbarrow puncture.
Since 2004, Mr Heathcoat-Amory, the MP for Wells, Somerset, has claimed thousands of pounds to maintain his garden, including services like mowing and watering.
A receipt from October 2005 for “gardening services” showed he had paid for a total of 67-and-a-half hours’ work that month at a cost of £605.25
Between July and September 2007 he claimed £1,792.50 worth of invoices from a gardening business.
The same gardening business was paid £2,371.86 for the April to June quarter of 2008. On June 30 2008, the MP employed it for 13.75 hours in one day at a cost of £144.37
Mr Heathcoat-Amory also submitted a £986.17 bill for heating oil in January 2008. An earlier claim for heating oil totalled £858.
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