Taxpayers fork out £1,600 for MP's window cleaners

PUBLISHED: 15:53 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

MP Barbara Follett

MP Barbara Follett

LABOUR minister Barbara Follett is taking taxpayers to the cleaners - literally. The Stevenage MP - married to multi-millionaire author Ken Follett - spent more than £1,600 of our money on window cleaning at her second home. Between February 2003 and Marc

LABOUR minister Barbara Follett is taking taxpayers to the cleaners - literally.

The Stevenage MP - married to multi-millionaire author Ken Follett - spent more than £1,600 of our money on window cleaning at her second home.

Between February 2003 and March 2004, cleaners visited her 18th century townhouse in Soho, London, 18 times - costing taxpayers £94 a go.

The details were released last week after Commons authorities gave up a three-year £100,000 legal battle to keep them secret.

Mrs Follett, whose constituency includes Knebworth and Codicote, was one of 14 MPs who launched a High Court bid in March to keep her expenses secret because she was concerned about the "security implications".

However, Commons speaker Michael Martin was unsuccessful in challenging an order by a Freedom of Information tribunal that the MPs should provide a detailed breakdown of their expenses, including money spent on second homes.

The 450 documents made public including receipts and invoices of their claims under the Additional Cost Allowance (ACA), which covers the expense of running a second home while living away from their constituencies on parliamentary business.

Mrs Follett, who also has homes in Old Knebworth and Antigua in the Caribbean, was unavailable for comment because she is on holiday.

Her parliamentary office refused to say where she had gone and failed to provide a statement from her.

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