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Having been embroiled personally in the MPsí expenses row, I am pleased that the publication of these figures brings much greater clarity and that we are now close to settlement of all the outstanding issues both for me and for all other MPs.
My claims for the first part of the 2009-10 year have been available on my website from the day each claim was submitted, and I continue to publish these claims as they are made.

My claims for 2008-9 have been audited by Sir Thomas Legg and his team and found to be in full compliance with the rules.

I was informed yesterday (Wednesday) that Sir Thomas Legg intends to say the following about my claims for the years 2004-9, and I quote from his letter:

"Mr Luff had a complex mortgage arrangement from April 2004 until March 2007, covering mortgages for his main and second home, offset by personal savings. In these circumstances, the amounts he received under the ACA have been compared with the amounts he actually paid to his mortgagee in respect of the second home. On this footing, he was overpaid by a total of £1,391.57 in two years of the review period (£424.54 in 2005-06, and £967.03 in 2006-07).

"He was also overpaid by £255 for cleaning in 2004-05.

"He was also overpaid by £523.77 for various kitchen accessories and china in January 2008.

"Total repayment recommended: £2,170.34
Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £3,868.23
Balance recommended to be repaid: £0.00"

I have made it clear to Sir Thomas that I disagree with his teamís calculation of my mortgage interest for the year 2006-7, but I am satisfied with his overall recommendation that I should make no further repayment.

On a related issue, Julia and I are very grateful for all the many messages of support sent by constituents about her work for me as my secretary. She has made an invaluable contribution to my work as your MP and I am delighted to confirm that is her intention to continue working for me for as long as the rules permit her to do so.


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