MPs EXPENSES: Letters demand Huntingdon MP resigns
LETTERS demanding the resignation of Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly have been arriving at The Hunts Post following allegations about his expenses. Mr Djanogly has agreed to repay �25,000, but has said the money was claimed within the expenses rules and
LETTERS demanding the resignation of Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly have been arriving at The Hunts Post following allegations about his expenses.
Mr Djanogly has agreed to repay �25,000, but has said the money was claimed within the expenses rules and paying back the money was not an admission that it had been falsely claimed. The money he has repaid, he said, is for expenses that are likely to ruled out of future claims, such as gardening.
His expenses were put under the spotlight - along with dozens of other MPs - by The Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper accused him of paying to bolster security at his second home in Alconbury, and reported that he had spent �13,962 on cleaning, �12,951 on gardening.
But the MP has said that he asked the fees office what was allowed for gardening maintenance and "stuck to it meticulously".
He said: "I have done nothing wrong. I have not flipped my homes, I have not employed members of my family and I have not funnelled money to my family."
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Mr Djanogly said he had no intention of standing down and there was a lot of work yet to be done in Huntingdonshire.
Mr Djanogly last week told The Hunts Post that his claim for the gates was for maintenance, not installation, and that all of his other claims were within the rules.
He also pledged to help change to rules, saying MPs were at fault for allowing the flawed system to continue for so long.
However, his explanation have not struck a cord with some constituents.
Some Hunts Post readers have suggested he should resign - along with other MPs around the country - and demand a general election.
Other have suggested he has lost the support of constituents.
Mr Djanogly, who had a house in London before becoming Huntingdon MP in 2001, has said he will not claim another penny of expenses until the system is reformed.
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