Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, charged the taxpayer for copies of a DVD of her maiden speech to Parliament and a copy of a novel by an acclaimed German writer.
Miss Engel, a Labour backbencher, claimed £117.50 in October 2005 to pay for ten copies of the DVD from the Parliamentary Recording Unit showing her first speech since being elected in that year’s General Election.
Miss Engel, who has said she wants her constituents to judge whether her expenses are justified, also claimed £12 for a copy of Thomas Mann’s Nobel Prize winning novel, The Magic Mountain, set in a tuberculosis clinic in the Swiss Alps before the First World War.
In November 2005 she charged the taxpayer for a set of socialist history posters to decorate her office. Miss Engel claimed £28.95 on her office expenses for the material, bought by mail-order from the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
They included reproductions of historic posters, including “Women vote Labour”, “Labour Clears The Way” and “Women Workers”.
She also claimed for a set of May Day greetings cards to celebrate workers’ day and a set of cards by the 19th century artist Walter Crane, entitled “Solidarity of Labour”.