Inclusion on unpaid expenses list leaves Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage ‘absolutely furious’

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  • Parliamentary authority lists Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage on a list of politicians with unpaid expenses
  • Ipsa says it will write-off the outstanding bills
  • Ms Dinenage denies she owes the authority anything
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CAROLINE Dinenage has hit out at a report which named her on a list of 26 MPs with unpaid expenses.

But Ms Dinenage disputes that she owes any money calling her inclusion on the list ‘complete nonsense’.

I don’t owe them anything and I got a letter from them in March confirming that

Caroline Dinenage

Ipsa says the bill, which was paid for by parliamentary payment card, was deemed not payable because it was not allowed under the authority’s rules.

But Ms Dinenage said she paid for the telephone bill from her own money and never claimed it back.

‘It is really upsetting,’ she said.

‘I am so meticulous with my expenses so when I found out, I was furious.

‘My constituency has a bad reputation when it comes to expenses so I always try to be transparent.

‘If I made a mistake, I would put my hands up and pay it but that isn’t the case here.’

She added that she had been in touch with Ipsa to complain about her inclusion on the list.

‘Ipsa have confirmed to me it was a mistake and they are removing my name,’ she said.

‘I am also asking for an apology.’

But Ipsa said Ms Dinenage had not complained to them until after it had been published yesterday, ignoring letters that were sent to all the politicians about the money and the publication.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We have notified the MPs on more than one occasion telling them how we were writing off the amounts.

‘We also wrote to them to tell them about the publication of the figures.’

In their report released Ipsa said it would write off the amounts as well as the rest of the unpaid MPs’ expenses, which total £2,105.43.

But Ms Dinenage said she had never been contacted by Ipsa on the matter and didn’t owe them any money.

She said: ‘It’s complete nonsense. I don’t owe them anything and I got a letter from them in March confirming that.

‘I called them as soon as I saw the list to tell them about their mistake.

‘It was the first time I knew anything about the money.’