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MP's Expenses Whistleblower

Daily Mirror newspaper - February 2021

The story below outlined how Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick claimed twice on expenses for the same journey from his constituency to London.
A proble deemed it was a 'genuine mistake' but the whistleblower was unhappy how long the investigation took.
We placed the story in the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has repaid mileage expenses investigated as part of a five-month long probe.

The Communities Secretary claimed for both petrol costs and rail tickets for a return journey from London to his Newark constituency.

The mileage was only repaid after one of his constituents brought it to the attention of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

In a letter to the constituent, IPSA said it concluded the duplicate claim was a “genuine mistake” and asked Mr Jenrick to refund the taxpayer.

IPSA said after “numerous” emails to Mr Jenrick’s office there was still an “element of doubt”.

So it launched another probe into his travel expenses, finding no other ambiguities.

The constituent was told of the watchdog’s decision last week – five months after the matter was raised.

He now plans to make an official complaint to IPSA about what he claims is the Cabinet minister’s “lack of transparency” over the issue.

He claimed £61.20 mileage for each of two car journeys of 136 miles, and a £159 return rail fare for the visit.

His spokesman said: “As IPSA said, it was a genuine administrative error from his office and, when brought to his attention, it was repaid.”