MP expenses 2020: most unusual expense claims by UK MPs - from toilet roll holders to a bible

Despite the vast majority of MPs working from home for much of 2020, many have still been claiming thousands of pounds in expenses.

Thursday, 14th January 2021, 4:12 pm
UK MPs have claimed more than £9 million as of 6 January

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority figures for the 2020-21 financial year shows that UK MPs have claimed more than £9 million as of 6 January. The JPIMedia Data Unit has analysed the figures to find out how much has been claimed by MPs across the country, including the biggest and most unusual expenses. Below are 14 of the strangest expense claims made by MPs over the nine months.

Michael Fabricant, the Conservative MP for Lichfield, spent £1,074.00 on a mobile phone. He purchased an iphone 11 Pro with a two year guarantee.
Nicola Richards, the Conservative MP for West Bromwich East, spent £479.00 on office equipment from MADE.COM.

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James Sunderland, the Conservative MP for Bracknell, spent £450.00 on a constituency bible.
Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough, spent £318.00 on a frosted window film to windows.
Chris Grayling, the Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell, spent £179.98 on lighting for video conferencing.
Mark Harper, the Conservative MP for Forest of Dean, spent £120.00 on the removal of graffiti sprayed on the frontage of the constituency office.
Naseem Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West, spent £116.11 on the online writing tool, Grammarly.
David Davis, the Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, spent £115.30 on the online writing tool, Grammarly.
Simon Fell, the Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness, spent £100.00 on the clearing of weeds and overgrown foliage in the backyard, and the disinfecting of the yard and smoking area.
Stuart Anderson, the Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West, spent £60.42 on Grammarly spelling software.
Shabana Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, spent £43.52 on a footrest.
Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, spent £40.97 on a plant, pot and soil for the office.
Jane Stevenson, the Conservative MP for Wolverhampton North East, spent £9.98 on two toilet roll holders.