MPs' expenses: Tory politician says 'I've nothing to hide'

NORTH East Herts Tory MP Oliver Heald is confident he will not attract media interest when it comes to his expenses being made public. 'I don t think mine will attract national newspaper coverage,' said Mr Heald, whose constituency includes the Times

NORTH East Herts Tory MP Oliver Heald is confident he will not attract media interest when it comes to his expenses being made public.

"I don't think mine will attract national newspaper coverage," said Mr Heald, whose constituency includes the Times Territory villages of Watton-at-Stone, Datchworth and Tewin.

"I believe the system is rotten to the core and in need of reform.

"I believe the current system needs a complete overhaul and I support the wide-ranging review now being undertaken by the committee on Standards in Public Life."

He said he claims Additional Costs' Allowance to pay for accommodation in London. He claims allowance for mortgage interest and for household costs.

Mr Heald added: "I have never had a flat screen TV. I have never 'flipped' my main home designation. I did pay capital gains tax on moving in 2003.

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