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Find out which Bradford and Keighley MP cost the tax payer the most in business expenses

Find out which MPs from Bradford and Keighley cost the taxpayer the most amount of money in business allowances.

The annual business costs of Bradford and Keighley MPs for the 2020-21 financial year have been revealed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

The allowances are business costs are the essential costs incurred by MPs while carrying out their parliamentary duties, which includes accommodation, travel, office costs, staffing, and staff travelling.

Naz ShaP, MP for Bradford West, (Lab).

Additional salary is paid for appointments or additional duties, such as ministerial appointments, being a whip, chairing a select committee or chairing a Public Bill Committee.

MPs cannot claim for personal expenses and all of their claims must be IPSA compliant with evidence.

The figures published last month show that MPs in Bradford and Keighley claimed over £1m on business expenses.

Across the board, the total cost of MPs rose by four per cent last year to £132.5 million.

Each MP in Bradford and Keighley claimed more on business costs than the prime minister or Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition.

Boris Johnson’s business costs were £178,406, while Sir Keir Starmer cost the taxpayer £168,109.

Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South (Lab).

Naz Shah MP for Bradford West (Lab) had the greatest business costs at £240,406.71, more than £57,000 more than Bradford East MP Imran Hussain.

In 2020, Ms Shah spent £7509.43 on hiring a vehicle and over £20,000 in office costs including £1243.47 on printing and stationery costs. Ms Shah also spent the most on accommodation at £37,610.48.

MP for Bradford South (Lab) since 2015, Judith Cummins spent £222,464.95 on business costs between 2020 and 2021. She spent £26,019.80 on accommodation, with office costs of £10,451 and miscellaneous costs which are not specified at £1221.

Phillip Davies, MP for Shipley (Cons).

Ms Cummins also spent £734.60 on postage and couriering services. She spent the most on payroll and staff training at £182,098.12.

Out of the two Conservative MPS for Bradford, Phillip Davies spent the least, with allowances of £191,272.68.

He spent £20,108.03 on office supplies including £824.20 on newspapers, journals, and magazines, £35.97 on hospitality, and £1,585.02 on stationery and printing. Mr Davies also spent £1,109.50 on train journeys and £204.20 on taxis.

Spending more than £31,000 more on business expenses than the MP with the lowest claims is Robbie Moore. Keighley and Ilkley MP (Cons) spent £214.853.22 on rent, office costs, travel, and staffing.

Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley (Cons).

Mr Moore spent £162 on business cards and advertising and £1,315.20 on maintenance, redecoration, and repairs.  He also claimed £4,030.30 on train travel and £5,418.69 on stationery and printing.

Spending the least out of all the MPs is Imran Hussain for Bradford East (Lab). He claimed £183,317.35 on accommodation, travel, office costs, and staffing.  He spent most of the money on staff costs at £124,160.11, and £37,311.57 on rent, council tax, and utilities between 2020 and 2021.

In his office, he claimed £1,004.91 on printing and stationery but did not claim on any newspaper or magazine subscriptions. He also claimed £190.50 for three rail trips taken between October and November 2020.

Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East (Lab).

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s important MPs have the resources to do their jobs, but many taxpayers will be worried about the soaring cost of politics.

“The electorate expects politicians to stay grounded and keep costs under control, particularly given the Covid pandemic saw many MPs and their staff work from home.

“With taxpayers facing a cost of living crisis, politicians should be doing their utmost to keep their spending down.”

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