Review of the year: May
MP s expenses were in the news throughout the year, and in May South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley paid back �2,600 claimed on his second home. Mr Lansley had claimed back cash spent on redecorating his designated second home, in Melbourn. However, he
MP's expenses were in the news throughout the year, and in May South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley paid back �2,600 claimed on his second home.
Mr Lansley had claimed back cash spent on redecorating his designated second home, in Melbourn. However, he then "flipped" his second home to a flat in London, and spent thousands more, including �750 on a Laura Ashley sofa.
The MP claimed this represented a "legitimate change in his living arrangements", but still agreed to pay back the cash after a meeting with Conservative party leader David Cameron.
Royston MP Oliver Heald did not have to pay back any cash, and said MP's as a group should feel "pretty disgusted" by the affair.
He said: "The current [expenses] system is rotten and I'm pleased to see a new one being put in place."
Also in the news.
- 1 Former company boss fined after illegal waste dumped at quarry
- 2 Bank of England warns people have 100 days to use old £20 and £50 notes
- 3 Teen attacked couple with glasses at Royston pub
- 4 Stansted Airport and Cambridge trains disrupted after tree falls on tracks
- 5 Pictures of Duxford Summer Air Show 2022 at IWM Duxford
- 6 Artists open up in record numbers for Cambridge Open Studios 2022
- 7 Wanted burglar caught in Grafton Centre with 'hoard of stolen goods'
- 8 IN PICTURES: Wills and Kate visit Cambridgeshire's first County Day
- 9 Herts police officers shared rape 'jokes' and bestiality porn on WhatsApp
- 10 A505 long delays between Royston and M11 motorway at Duxford
- New mayor of Royston, Cllr Rod Kennedy, resigned from the Conservative party after taking office. He said the role of mayor should be a "politically neutral" one.
- Royston's historic cave closed while English Heritage carried out investigations into the state of the carvings. It was feared seeping sewage was damaging the 12th century structure.
- A parked police car caused confusion for Royston residents. The car was left, apparently abandoned, in The Close for more than a week. Herts Police said it was there for "operational reasons.