TWO local MPs have backed moves to keep a scheme to allow them to use taxpayers’ money to furnish a second home.
Huddersfield’s Barry Sheerman and Calder Valley’s Chris McCafferty were among 146 Labour MPs who voted by a majority of 28 to keep the so-called John Lewis list.
The list covers household goods such as tables, TV sets, kitchen equipment and soft furnishings.
Voting was 172 to 144 for an amendment by Labour former minister Don Touhig that will retain the Additional Costs Allowance (ACA) and subject it only to internal audit.
But MPs bowed to Government demands for restraint and awarded themselves a 2.25% pay rise.
The pay decision was taken without a vote after a backbench move to raise salaries by up to 2.3% this year and about 4.7% next year was rejected.
A move to boost salaries with £650 a year “catch-up” payments over three years was also rejected.
Other Huddersfield area MPs were not recorded as voting in the Commons debates late yesterday.
It was the last time MPs got to debate and vote on their own pay rise after they agreed to link future increases to public sector workers.