Jim Devine is MP who represents Livingstone. In the four years since he became an MP, the former trade union official has claimed around £60,000 from the Additional Costs Allowance, which allows MPs to buy and refurbish a second home.
He claimed £2157 in 2007 for 'rewiring works' supplying an invoice in the name of Eastern Electrical Ltd of 76 Wilston House, Southark Bridge Road, London.
Paul Hutcheon of the Sunday Herald has done an excellent job investigating this claim and found there is no company of that name registered in the UK, there is no road of that name on London and there is no Wilston House in London.
As my reader, who brought this to my attention, says "This is not within the rules, it's straightforward fraud and this man should be jailed." I concur.
Update: Monty at The Universality of Cheese has a post regarding Eric Joyce, the first expenses millionaire and his claims. Certainly worth reading.
Why are MPs allowed to be elected when they don't live in their constituency. How could Eric Joyce do a proper job?