Brent North MP Barry Gardiner is named and shamed as owing wrongly claimed expenses
PUBLISHED: 16:17 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 10 September 2015
Brent North MP Barry Gardiner has been named and shamed today as owing money from wrongly claimed expenses.
The Labour politician features on a list of 26 current and former MPs who had expenses debts written off by the Independent parliamentary standards authority (Ipsa) after failing to pay them.
According to the parliamentary watchdog Mr Gardiner owed £77.30.
Ipsa said it had written off a total of £2,105.43 owed because it was not cost effective to pursue the sum.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, a ,lobby group that campaigns about the wastage of public funds, said: “These MPs and former MPs today named as owing money to IPSA must repay their debts immediately.
“If sitting MPs are unwilling to pay what is due, the simple solution would be for the amount to be docked from their next salary payment. Those former MPs who have been named and shamed should also do the honourable thing and pay up - and if they are unwilling to do so, then the obvious sanction would be to remove the parliamentary pass they enjoy as a former member until such as time as their debts to the taxpayer are paid up. “
Mr Gardiner, a former shadow enviroment minister who has held his seat since 1997, has categorically denied he owes the money.
He told the Evening Standard the sum was wrongly added to his account by a travel firm and it actually belongs to the assistant of another MP.
He is demanding an apology from Ipsa.
The Times has contacted Mr Gardiner.