Boston MP Mark Simmonds claims £173k in expenses

Mark Simmonds
Mark Simmonds

Boston’s MP Mark Simmonds claimed £173,436.96 in expenses last year, according to the latest figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

The figures also show that Mr Simmonds employs his wife Lizbeth as an office manager on £20-25k a year.

The junior foreign officer minister is the most expensive MP in the county and his claims include £13,005.38 office costs, £5,910.00 staffing expenses and £137,426.92 on payroll.

His bill for last year was up from £156,446.90 in 2011/12 and £114,267.11 in 2010/11.

Other county MPs’ claims were: John Hayes (South Holland and the Deepings) 169,474.50, Nick Boles (Grantham and Stamford) £141,468.29, Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham) £91,818.20, Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle) £166,701.24, Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes) £126,714.61, Karl McCartney (Lincoln) £141,063.09, Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough) £146,721.57.

Mr Simmonds’ basic salary is £65,738.

His expenses claims are more than those of high profile colleagues such as Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (£120,898.07), Prime Minister David Cameron (£121,872.97) and Foreign Secretary William Hague (£92,273.15).

His are far from the highest however, with DUP’s Ian Paisley claiming £232,042.33.