West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper has responded to questions posed by The Telegraph with the following statement:
“I have publicly stated that MPs should be subject to proper scrutiny when it comes to Parliamentary Allowances. In being transparent I have allowed the local press to examine in detail each of the receipts submitted as part of the Additional Cost Allowance claims."
“I absolutely refute the Daily Telegraph’s suggestion that my claims do not meet the actuality and the spirit of the Green Book."
“I have responded in substantial detail to the enquiries as I believe the research is misinformed and incorrect. For example they suggest that work carried out on the flat was paid for over three years. This is simply not true.”
“The comments about improvements works to the flat are also incorrect as the total bill came to £17,654.80. The cost to me personally was £12,654.80 for this work. There was one single payment of £5,000 relating to the repair work in a single financial year 2006/07 and therefore does not stretch over three financial years. I haven’t claimed nor sought to make any further claims for this work."
“The work will actually benefit the public purse in the end as I have previously stated that any profit realised when the flat is eventually sold will be given to Parliament on behalf of taxpayers. This also applies to the furniture that I bought.”