THE MP for Kirkburton and Denby Dale used taxpayers’ money to buy furniture, repair her roof and replace a garden gate.
Mary Creagh, MP for the Wakefield constituency, also received more than £10,000 towards stamp duty and solicitors’ fees for her Wakefield home.
Between 2005 and 2008 she regularly claimed the maximum monthly food allowance of £400.
Ms Creagh allowed the Examiner access to her additional costs allowances (ACA) claims – claims allowed for the cost an MP incurs staying away from their main home – following Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford.
The documents revealed that she claimed for a £360 bed and £200 of linen in July 2005.
Later that year her claim for £9,000 in stamp duty and £1,184.13 in solicitors’ fees was approved.
In April 2007 she submitted a claim for a £695 wardrobe and £375 chest of drawers but only received £324.
Later in 2007 a claim for £4,500 of roof repairs was rubber-stamped.
And in January 2008 she claimed £170 for a new garden gate.
The Examiner looked at Ms Creagh’s claims from May 2005, when she was elected, to March 2008.
Immediately after the election, she named a home in Islington, London, as her second home.
But she changed her designated second home to her Wakefield address shortly afterwards because she was spending most of her time in London.
Her first claim, submitted in June 2005, consisted of £849 in mortgage payments, £400 in food, about £107 in utility bills, £139 in council tax, £40 for telephone bills, £120 for cleaning and £50 in insurance.
The following month her claims were exactly the same, but she also claimed £360 for a bed and £200 for linen from department store John Lewis.
In September she claimed £95 for a parking permit as well as the standard claims.
On November 25 2005, Ms Creagh claimed £9,000 for stamp duty for her Wakefield home and £1184.13 in solicitors’ fees.
During the following financial year, a typical monthly claim consisted of £1163.41 in mortgage payments, £400 in food, £50 in utility bills, £32 for council tax, £30 for telephone and £120 for cleaning.
At the end of the year she submitted a claim for a £695 wardrobe and a £375 chest of drawers, both from John Lewis.
The Fees Office only approved reimbursement of £324.
The following year, Ms Creagh employed a roofing contractor to carry out £4,500 of repairs to her home.
She was also given £170 for a new garden gate.
Asked about the claims, Ms Creagh told the Examiner all the claims were within the rules.
She said: “I have shown the Examiner my allowances for the past four years, ahead of the timetable for the House of Commons publication. I voted for the receipts to be published and for reform of the allowance system last July which was unfortunately rejected by Parliament.
“I know many people are angry and concerned about the expenses stories in the papers. I think it’s important for people to know about the way I work to represent them and how I use the MPs’ allowances.
“The additional costs allowance was set up 30 years ago to reflect the fact that MPs from outside London need to be able to live in their constituencies and also be in Westminster for debates and votes.
“I welcome the changes announced this week and new proposals for independent audits of all claims over the last four years, a new independent regulator for parliament so that MPs do not have to decide their own allowances, and changes to cut costs for the taxpayer.”