All Kent MP’s have cost the UK Taxpayer the sum of £2,597,410 for the financial year 2016/17. (All information is drawn from IPSA’s website.)
This year, unfortunately Damian Collins is NOT Kent’s most expensive MP. That privilege falls to Craig Mackinley, MP for Thanet South (pictured), who received £194,717. Mackinley, you may recall will go on trial on 14th May 2018 on charges relating to his 2015 general election expenses, alongside his agent Nathan Gray and a party activist, Marion Little.
In second place is Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover (pictured below). Charlie has been suspended from the Conservative Party after “serious allegations” made against him were referred to the police. Elphicke stated: “I am not aware of what the alleged claims are and deny any wrongdoing.” Charlie received £182,847.
In third place is our own Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone & Hythe (pictured above), so on the podium with bronze this year. Damian received £181,392. Damian as you may know has recently got into a spat with the Russian Embassy; and told a porky pie about how many patients had been transferred from the Folkestone East Family Practice.
Mackinley was the 79th most expensive MP in Parliament overall. Charlie comes in at 194th and Damian is at 205th place, out of 650 MP’s. So all three are in the top third and in Kent take Gold, Silver & Bronze.
In last place, as you can see is Michael Fallon, MP for Sevenoaks and ex Minister of Defence, he received £98,304. He resigned earlier this month over “inappropriate behaviour” having said of himself, his behaviour had “fallen below the high standards we require“
So a little over £2.5 million our Kent MP’s have cost us, are they value for money? We’ll leave you to decide that.
The Shepwayvox Team