BATLEY and Spen MP Mike Wood has published his expenses claims on his website.
As reported last week, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh all showed the Examiner their claims for 2004 to 2008 in the wake of the row over expenses.
But Mr Wood is the first MP covering Kirklees to have put them online.
There are details of his additional costs allowance (ACA) – claims made for costs incurred living away from his main home – as well as his incidental expenditure allowance, which covers the general running costs an MP clocks up.
The figures show Mr Wood’s ACAs ranked him 327th out of 659 MPs in 2004-05, 442nd out of 645 in 2006-07 and 436th out of 645 in 2007-08.
Other than typical claims for costs like mortgage payments, food, utility bills, council tax, telephone bills and household insurance, the claims appear to show that he twice claimed for a fridge – one costing £130 in October 2004 and one for £225.60 in 2005.
There are no receipts giving details of the purchases and Mr Wood was unavailable for comment yesterday.
In 2005, he claimed £80 for bedding, £279.98 for unspecified electrical goods and £3,421 for a new boiler and central heating.
The following year there were claims for a £309 bed and £188 of bed linen.
In 2007, Mr Wood claimed for a £600 television set.
In a statement on his website, Mr Wood said all of the claims were to support his work as MP.
He said: “Given the public interest in the matter I have decided to publish mine in full today.
“I do this based on my belief that I have nothing to hide.”
He said the claims included contributions towards maintaining a second home – a flat in Lambeth – for the three to four days a week he spent in London.
“Aside from what amounts to mortgage interest I have also claimed for repairs, modest furnishing and general upkeep over the last 11 years.
“Funds from allowances have never found their way in to my back pocket and I have never sought to live a lavish lifestyle at taxpayers’ expense.
“I have never ‘flipped’ my homes – moved house making a profit each time.
“I have always been based in Batley and have never claimed Parliamentary allowances for anything other than my flat in London.”
He added that he would be happy to answer queries from his constituents.
To view Mr Wood’s expenses, visit www.mikewood.org.uk