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Monday, 18 May 2009

It's tough at the top

According to the Daily Telegraph and the BBC, the Labour MP Ben Chapman paid off a lump sum on his mortgage but continued to claim mortgage interest payments on the prior capital balance for ten months.

The paper says it amounted to a £15,000 overpayment and had been done with the agreement of an official in the Fees Office. Mr Chapman told the BBC he had not yet seen the papers, but said all his claims had been agreed by the fees office. "Whatever I have done I have been entirely open and above board. I am obviously extremely distressed."

Well you would be, wouldn't you? Time for some tea and sympathy? Probably not.

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