Gosport MP defends ‘sympathy’ cards expenses claim

CLAIM Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
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AN MP has defended claiming ‘condolence’ cards on expenses.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage claimed for a pack of £3.95 ‘sympathy cards’.

But Ms Dinenage told The News: ‘These are not sympathy cards, they’re just plain correspondence cards that I use.

‘It was just one pack of six which I used to communicate with my constituents on the rare occasion that an official letter isn’t appropriate.’

Ms Dinenage added that her office was told to code the cards as ‘sympathy cards’ by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

And its not the first time a Gosport MP has come under fire for expenses.

Fellow Tory Sir Peter Viggers was forced to quit as an MP after training to claim £1,645 of taxpayers’ cash for a duck island.

He was the face of the expenses scandal that rocked the political landscape in 2009.

Ms Dinenage added: ‘Given the history of the expenses in my seat, I have always been incredibly mindful of making sure that I only ever claim entirely legitimate expenses.’