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Phil Wilson’s Expenses are outrageous and shamefully unethical in my opinion!

In the interests of transparency I think I should take this opportunity to spell out for the constituents of Sedgefield the expenses of Phil Wilson who was your MP until Parliament was dissolved 30th March.

The expenses are as follows;

2009/10  £178,023,
2010/11  £133,899.52
2011/12  £162,694.88
2012/13  £175,190.80
2013/14  £179,639.6
2014/15  £35,284.30 not up to date as of yet.
Total = £ 864,732.37 until updated.

Let me first clarify that Mr Wilson’s claims are within the rules set out by the Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority (IPSA); detail at http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/SearchFunction.aspx. It is my view that in a disadvantaged area claims are very high and Mr Wilson should take notice of other MP’s claims in the area.

Mr Wilson’s claimed for travel £56,000, for the same period the City of Durham MP claimed £38,184.39, £16,739 less than Wilson. Alan Beith in Berwick claimed £14,000 less, and Berwick is a much bigger Constituency to travel around. Guy Opperman in Hexham claimed £18,777.81 which is £36,146.01 less than Mr Wilson. The MP for Easington claimed £32,000 less than Wilson. In his claims, Mr Wilson travels 1st class at what appears to be the most expensive ticket times, while the Easington MP travels standard class.
Normally people who are on the train from London, ring ahead to get friends or relatives to pick them up, why could Mr Wilson not do likewise instead of claiming for driving his own car.

From the IPSA records it emerges that Mr Wilson employs his partner, and for the year up to 2012 her salary was between £20,000 and £24,999. For the year 2013/14 it was increased to between £35,000 and £39,999. How was such an increase in salary justified? Over this period men and women of the constituency would have been delighted at such a massive increase in their salary. Same old Labour, always taking money from hard working taxpayers. For someone who claims to represent the working population this really does take the biscuit, and eat it!

Mr Wilson voted against an increase in the now £10,600 income tax threshold. If Labour had been successful the lowest earners would be paying more tax. Labour has already said they will increase tax!

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