Royston MP Oliver Heald believes he is in the clear over expenses
PUBLISHED: 15:22 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 11 May 2010
ROYSTON MP Oliver Heald believes the inquiry into MPs expenses will not see him paying back any cash. But Mr Heald will have to dig back through his accounts to explain some of his expenses for 2004/2005. He has been told he must explain his household ite
ROYSTON MP Oliver Heald believes the inquiry into MPs expenses will not see him paying back any cash.
But Mr Heald will have to dig back through his accounts to explain some of his expenses for 2004/2005.
He has been told he must explain his household items that he bought to account for claims of under £250 a month.
"I bought my flat in Lambeth in 2003 and had to buy things for the flat," said Mr Heald.
"I must now provide a list of the items I bought to furnish the flat and will have to go around the flat to see what I bought. I am confident I can explain all of the items and expense claims and I will co-operate fully."
Asked if he would pay any money back if asked, Mr Heald added: "I would. But I would be disappointed if I could not satisfy him (Sir Thomas Legg) as I believe my expenses bear scrutiny.
"I have already been cleared by the Cameron audit and have answered all questions at a public meeting in Letchworth - something not a lot of MPs have done."
Meanwhile, South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley also has some explaining to do.
A spokesman for Mr Lansley said: "I can confirm that Mr Lansley did receive his letter from Sir Thomas Legg. It has asked for further information, which he is currently in the process of providing."
However, the spokesman was unable to divulge the nature of the transactions which are under the spotlight.
Mr Lansley came in for criticism earlier this year when the original parliamentary expenses scandal broke. He paid back £2,600 claimed for renovations to a second home in Melbourn, a property which he subsequently sold in a process known as flipping.