Tatton MP George Osborne claimed £47 expenses for DVDs of his speech on "value for taxpayers' money"

Osborne claimed £47 for DVDs of his speech on

Osborne claimed £47 for DVDs of his speech on "value for taxpayers' money"

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TATTON MP George Osborne claimed £47 for two copies of a DVD of his own speech on "value for taxpayers' money" in 2005, it emerged today.

The information was revealed in MPs' expenses documents that were released this morning.

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Mr Osborne reportedly said he bought the DVDs after a request from a member of the public for a video copy of the speech.

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Mr Osborne has also been accused of ‘flipping’ homes to claim expenses on a £450,000 mortgage.

But the Shadow Chancellor said he had not changed the designation of his second home for personal gain.

“There has been absolutely no impropriety and any suggestion of such is wrong,” said his spokesman Chhabra Ramesh.

Mr Osborne bought a farmhouse in Rainow, near Macclesfield, before he became MP for Tatton in 2001.

He funded the move by increasing the interest-only mortgage on his London home, where he lived with his family.

The heir to the Osborne and Little wallpaper fortune was then elected to represent the constituency.

He told House of Commons officials that his London property would be his second home.

That meant he could claim taxpayers’ money for the monthly mortgage interest payments.

“The representative of the fees office advised him to claim the additional costs allowance against that mortgage until he could change the mortgage arrangements,” said Mr Osborne’s spokesman.

In 2003 Mr Osborne changed the mortgage and secured a deal against his constituency home, Harrop Fold Farm.

He then told Commons authorities that the house in Rainow was his second home.

Since then he has reportedly claimed up to £100,000 to cover interest payments on the property.

However, last week Mr Osborne’s spokesman said – thanks to the tracker mortgage deal - those monthly claims were now close to nothing.

“His actions have been entirely reasonable, as all the costs are associated with his need to have a second home in Cheshire,” he said.

“His arrangements have always sought to minimise the interest costs to the taxpayer.”

Mr Osborne - a close friend of Tory leader David Cameron - recently held an open meeting in Knutsford to talk about expenses and politicians’ behaviour.

Last month it emerged he had claimed £440 expenses for a chauffeur from his constituency to London in November 2005.

The Shadow Chancellor usually travels by train, but he missed the last service to London because of a constituency function in the evening.

Mr Osborne said he had to pay for the chauffeur because he had a meeting early the next morning in the capital.

He has since paid back the money.

Tatton’s MP also received £30 of taxpayers' money to fund his personal website.

But since the website was redesigned between 2006 and 2007 he has funded it himself.

He also claimed £430 for cleaning services over three months last year, which he said was a ‘reasonable rate’.

The revelations were revealed last month as part of several stories published in the Daily Telegraph about MPs’ expenses.

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3:02pm Thu 18 Jun 09

martinburr says...

Mike Hall the lcoal MP claims for his T.V.licence and hundred of pounds per month on food without receipts so by comparison this is insignificant.
I think this Newspaper should concentrate on serial offenders.

Martin
Mike Hall the lcoal MP claims for his T.V.licence and hundred of pounds per month on food without receipts so by comparison this is insignificant. I think this Newspaper should concentrate on serial offenders. Martin martinburr
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5:03pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Regg says...

Clearly some MP's have abused their expenses claims, but I dont think this is any case to answer.

The Northwich Guardian is stooping to try and 'sensationalise' this particular claim, but really its a bit absurd.


It must have been a bitter blow to the reporter that having waited so eagerly for these expenses documents the best they could come up with is '£47 for DVD's'

Nice try-but we aint biting!!
Clearly some MP's have abused their expenses claims, but I dont think this is any case to answer. The Northwich Guardian is stooping to try and 'sensationalise' this particular claim, but really its a bit absurd. It must have been a bitter blow to the reporter that having waited so eagerly for these expenses documents the best they could come up with is '£47 for DVD's' Nice try-but we aint biting!! Regg
  • Score: -6

5:33pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Max123 says...

Well said Reg they should be looking at what Mike Hall has been claiming, mostly without receipts.
He likes his petty cash £250 a month, right to the limit and the cleanest man in Wetminster!
Hope he goes soon,had enough of comrade Hall and the coffee mornings with his wifey.


Max123
Well said Reg they should be looking at what Mike Hall has been claiming, mostly without receipts. He likes his petty cash £250 a month, right to the limit and the cleanest man in Wetminster! Hope he goes soon,had enough of comrade Hall and the coffee mornings with his wifey. Max123 Max123
  • Score: -3

5:33pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Jeffers says...

Looking at the expense claims of Mike Hall I was amazed that every month he managed to claim £250 petty cash, isnt it amazing that this is the exact maximum figure that the rules rules allow him to claim each month. Does he think we are stupid? yes he does, he should be deselected as soon as possible and like all the other robbers in parliament he shpould be prosecuted for fraud and jailed accordingly.His own claim forms are all the evidence needed to make a conviction safe.I am certain that the majority of his constituents would love to be able to lay their hands on £250 every month without needing to account for it. May I add that a lot of his constituents probably need it more than him anyway.May I suggest that the local paper print all the details of his published claims, not all of the population have computers and internet services paid for , unlike Mr Hall.
Looking at the expense claims of Mike Hall I was amazed that every month he managed to claim £250 petty cash, isnt it amazing that this is the exact maximum figure that the rules rules allow him to claim each month. Does he think we are stupid? yes he does, he should be deselected as soon as possible and like all the other robbers in parliament he shpould be prosecuted for fraud and jailed accordingly.His own claim forms are all the evidence needed to make a conviction safe.I am certain that the majority of his constituents would love to be able to lay their hands on £250 every month without needing to account for it. May I add that a lot of his constituents probably need it more than him anyway.May I suggest that the local paper print all the details of his published claims, not all of the population have computers and internet services paid for , unlike Mr Hall. Jeffers
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Max123 says...

Jeffers comment is just spot on, yep right to the limit of £250 per month darn criminal if you ask me he's going for sure !
Hope your reading this Comrade Hall since we are not stupid but seems you are.
Max123

Jeffers comment is just spot on, yep right to the limit of £250 per month darn criminal if you ask me he's going for sure ! Hope your reading this Comrade Hall since we are not stupid but seems you are. Max123 Max123
  • Score: -1

6:25pm Thu 18 Jun 09

billinge says...

This is insignificant and really not worth reporting.
Just a little misguided by Mr Osbourne. Really he should have responded to the member of the public identifying were the speech could be purchased, or, if he was so keen for the person to receive a copy, should have paid for it himself.
But I really don't think £47 is going to break the country compared to the amount Labour have given to the banks.
How about that RBS boss giving back £200k of his pension, aah poor soul, do you think you can survive on £342.5k per year, and that £2.7m lump sum?
This is insignificant and really not worth reporting. Just a little misguided by Mr Osbourne. Really he should have responded to the member of the public identifying were the speech could be purchased, or, if he was so keen for the person to receive a copy, should have paid for it himself. But I really don't think £47 is going to break the country compared to the amount Labour have given to the banks. How about that RBS boss giving back £200k of his pension, aah poor soul, do you think you can survive on £342.5k per year, and that £2.7m lump sum? billinge
  • Score: -3

9:29am Fri 19 Jun 09

martinburr says...

Yes it is insignificant especailly when compaired to Mike Hall's monthly £250 petty cash claims.
Be interesting to see if he continues this nice little earner now that he's full of remorse.
He should be deselected forthwith, but expect the comrades will rally round.

Martin
Yes it is insignificant especailly when compaired to Mike Hall's monthly £250 petty cash claims. Be interesting to see if he continues this nice little earner now that he's full of remorse. He should be deselected forthwith, but expect the comrades will rally round. Martin martinburr
  • Score: -5

10:26am Fri 19 Jun 09

billinge says...

I don't quite understand how Mike Hall can order around £1000 of stamps per month yet £100 worth of envelopes last 3 months....
I don't quite understand how Mike Hall can order around £1000 of stamps per month yet £100 worth of envelopes last 3 months.... billinge
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Fri 19 Jun 09

martinburr says...

Beats me but perhaps he is interested in philately.
I wonder if he will pay anything back ?
Doubt it.

Martin
Beats me but perhaps he is interested in philately. I wonder if he will pay anything back ? Doubt it. Martin martinburr
  • Score: -2

3:33pm Mon 22 Jun 09

Dinx says...

I notice that a large percentage of our MPs who are accused of "flipping" their second home allowance do not seem to want to live in modest second home, they could save the taxpayer even more money by living in one which is sufficient for their needs instead of the mansion size homes similar to their main residence. pass-vary
I notice that a large percentage of our MPs who are accused of "flipping" their second home allowance do not seem to want to live in modest second home, they could save the taxpayer even more money by living in one which is sufficient for their needs instead of the mansion size homes similar to their main residence. pass-vary Dinx
  • Score: 2

8:59am Tue 23 Jun 09

Max123 says...

In that case Hall & his wife should rent a hotel room.
He has no need for a house in London, still he will be gone soon.

In that case Hall & his wife should rent a hotel room. He has no need for a house in London, still he will be gone soon. Max123
  • Score: -2

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