Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt hits back at critics over her expenses bill

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PENNY Mordaunt has hit back at critics over her expenses bill.

The Portsmouth North MP came under fire after racking up the tenth biggest expense claim in parliament.

During 2014/2015, she billed the taxpayer £186,977.70 to cover office, travel and accommodation costs, with the bulk – £144,340.42 – going on paying wages to seven members of staff.

Speaking to The News, the armed forces minister said she deals with a lot of casework from constituents – and took on more when former Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock went into hospital last year. Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I have to account for everything, and that’s absolutely right. We do a lot of casework.

‘The reason our costs were high was because of the need for maternity cover.

‘I am absolutely fine with the way the expenses system is set up. We absolutely look to save money where we can.’