Liam Fox MP claims 3p for 100-metre car trip

October 7, 2013 | By | In News

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox successfully claimed personal expenses of 3p for a car journey of just 100 metres, according to official documents.

The MP’s office made the claim, which is taken out of taxpayer’s money, after he travelled 0.06 miles from a business visit to a constituency surgery in Yatton, north Somerset in October 2012.

Documents published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority showed that Mr Fox made a further 15 claims, each amounting to less than £1, for car travel costs in 2012-13.

Under the current rules MPs can claim 45p per mile travelled. Mr Fox has previously claimed 24p for a 0.54-mile journey from a constituency surgery to a school event and 44p for a 0.98-mile ride from Winford Manor to Winford School in Bristol.

Including rail fares Mr Fox claimed a total of £3,866.31 in travel expenses in the last financial year. Total MPs expenses over the same period cost the taxpayer £23million.

Speaking to the Sunday People, Mr Fox said: "I don't do my expenses. My office does them. But they are all done according to the rules for travel distances."

This is not the first time the Conservative MP has hit the headlines over his expenses. In 2012 Mr Fox was ordered to pay back £3,000 he had claimed, after it emerged he had allowed his friend Adam Werritty to live in his second home – also funded by the tax payer – for a year rent free.

Mr Fox had previously resigned from his position as Defence Secretary over his improper conduct in office, which related to taking Mr Werritty on official business trips.

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