Andrew George, a Liberal Democrat MP, is facing questions about his parliamentary expenses claims for a £300,000 London flat used by his student daughter while several of his party colleagues are under similar scrutiny.
Andrew George, the MP for St Ives, claims £847 a month from taxpayers on mortgage interest payments for the riverside flat.
But the home insurance policy included on his expenses file is in the name of his 21-year-old daughter, Morvah George, a student who has worked as a professional model and as an intern for her father in Parliament.
Last night, Mr George admitted his daughter kept some of her belongings there and used it as a “bolt-hole” but denied she spent more time there than him. He said his insurers had prevented him from being named on the policy as well as on one at his Cornish home.
Mr George’s claims reveal how MPs are able to use the system to buy properties from which their families can benefit.
The disclosures come on the sixth day of The Daily Telegraph’s investigation into MPs’ expenses, which shows that Liberal Democrats have made claims just as questionable as their Labour and Conservative counterparts. Files seen by this newspaper show:
Nick Clegg, the party leader, claimed the maximum possible on his second home allowance and exceeded his budget by more than £100 at the same time as he was calling for the reform of the system. He has now promised to repay a phone bill that included calls to Colombia and Vietnam.
Sir Menzies Campbell, the former leader, hired an interior designer to refurbish his flat in central London, spending nearly £10,000 of taxpayers’ money on scatter cushions, a king-sized bed and a flat screen television.
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