Prospective Thurrock Tory MP has vowed not to claim the second home allowance if elected.
Reacting to the news that a number of politicians were facing criminal charges, Jackie Doyle-Price said,
“Like most people I have been appalled by some of the expense claims. Most of us involved in politics give our time voluntarily, but we have all been damaged by the behaviour of some of our MPs who have totally undermined confidence in our political system. I am pleased that some will be facing criminal prosecution. Their behaviour is totally unacceptable.
We need a new politics that people can respect and be proud of. If elected as MP for Thurrock I will claim no more and no less than I need to in order to discharge my duties as Thurrock’s representative at Westminster.
I will not claim the second home allowance. I currently work in London and commute by train like many other residents. I will continue to do so if elected as Member of Parliament.
I also want to see the communications allowance abolished. MPs are able to claim up to £10,000 to communicate with the voters. This is taxpayer funded propaganda and should be scrapped.”