MP Paddy Tipping has claimed £400 – the maximum allowance for food – almost every month for the past five years.
The claims were made throughout the year, including during parliament’s two-month summer holiday.
Speaking to the Evening Post he said: “That was the amount prescribed in the rules and I do go to parliament during the recess, not every day or as regularly when parliament is sitting.”
Other expenses included a £199.98 vacuum cleaner from Currys, £1,175 on external decoration and repairs at his flat in London as well as annual TV licences.
He also pays about £500 on mortgage interest payments on his flat in London.