Yesterday, MP expenses were published detailing the claims made not just by Liverpool MPs, but around the whole country.
Now there are reasons why different MPs might claim different amounts. Most of this will come down to travel which explains the higher claims, in general, of Northern Irish and Scottish MPs.
However, when you get disparities like the one in Oldham, with one MP claiming less than £25,000 and one claiming more than £74,000 then it raises real questions about how the expenses are being used.
Here in Liverpool, the headline figures for the 5 Labour MPs are:
Luciana Berger £49,515
Steve Rotherham £49,133
Louise Ellman £32,978
Stephen Twigg £32,323
Maria Eagle £27,218
The big disparity in Luciana Berger and Steve Rotherham’s claims is for accommodation costs. There might be a good reason for that but it is still hard to understand why their claims can be nearly double those of Maria Eagle’s.
So it is down to Luciana Berger and Steve Rotherham to justify those higher accommodation costs, but as soon as the public sees these figures, in the news or on social media, they will be asking questions. For Jake Morrison, who will be challenging to win Liverpool Wavertree, these expenses will be a gift that will just keep on giving until September next year.
My advice to my current MP is that she needs to think about staying in cheaper accommodation. Like other voters in the constituency I am not impressed.
[All figures for all MPs can be obtained here]