Thoughts on politics and life from a liberal perspective

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Legg Expenses stats by party

Following the release of the Legg report on MPs' expenses today, I have been taking a closer look at the breakdown of the amounts by party.

I have listed below the highest amount that has been decided should be repaid, the average amount for each of the 3 main parties (averaged across all their MPs who have been told to repay something, after appeal) and the percentage of MPs from each party who have to pay back something.

No party comes out of this well, I just thought it would be interesting to see the figures.

Thanks to Left Foot Forward and also Jessica Asato and Bhumi Purohit of Progress for helping with the data.


Bernard Salmon said...

I also wonder what the figures would show if there was a banding of the amounts showing how many MPs of each party had to pay £1-1,000, £1001-5000 and £5000 and over. It seems to me that several MPs (of all parties) have been caught out by either small administrative errors, or by Legg's retrospective application of an arbitrary limit on cleaning and gardening expenses. They're being tarred with the same brush as villains like Barbara Follett.

Duncan Stott said...

No party comes out well, but some parties come out less well than others.

So while more than half of all MPs have had to repay money, less than 2 in 5 Lib Dem MPs had to.

sanbikinoraion said...

Mark, I'd be interested to see you add the Independents to your table, since it looks from the BBC's graph that more than half of them have had huge claims!