AS two local MPs awaited letters about their expenses, an MP representing part of Huddersfield has revealed she was ordered to pay back some of hers.
But Wakefield Labour MP Mary Creagh – whose constituency includes Kirkburton and Denby Dale – said this was due to an ‘admin error’ and welcomed the review by Sir Thomas Legg.
Mrs Creagh was told she had to repay only a small overpayment.
She said: “This process has revealed that in January 2009, due to an admin error, I was reimbursed twice for one month’s additional costs allowance.
“This resulted in an overpayment to me of £1,001 which I have now repaid.
“I welcome the Legg audit of MPs’ allowances.”
Sir Thomas has been reviewing all MPs’ expenses claims over the last five years following the string of scandals from earlier this year.
MPs began receiving their letters on Tuesday with some asked to pay back thousands.
Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman and Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik, were not asked to pay back any money.
Meanwhile some MPs said they were still waiting to hear whether they had been cleared over their expenses claims.
Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford said she had issued a formal complaint after her letter failed to materialise.
Ms Mountford, who is standing down at the next General Election because of ill health, is confident she won’t have to pay back any expenses.
But she is still waiting for news on her claims.
Ian Leedham, the Labour MP’s husband and office manager, said: “She was told by the review team she would get an email about it on Tuesday, but she still hasn’t heard anything.
“She has now contacted them to complain about it. It is frustrating that she is being kept waiting, but we don’t expect any terrible news.”
A staff member for Batley and Spen Labour MP Mike Wood, said he hasn’t received a letter about his expenses but would be happy to talk about it when he does.
The Examiner called Labour MP for Calder Valley, Chris McCafferty, and was told she would be in touch if she wanted to discuss the matter.
All MPs are due to receive letters from Sir Thomas, the ex-civil servant who carried out the independent audit on MPs’ expenses for the House of Commons.
Some are being asked to pay back money, some to provide more information and others told that they are in the clear.
A spokeswoman for the Commons fees office said: “As I understand all letters have now gone out to members who made a claim under the second homes allowance system between 2004 and 2008.”