Conservatives to pay back pounds 250,000 of 'disproportionate' expenses claims.DAVID CAMERON stole another march in the expenses scandal yesterday, by announcing that Conservative MPs are repaying a staggering pounds 250,000 of "disproportionate" claims.
The Tory leader said the move - an attempt to "atone for the mistakes of the past" - was in stark contrast to Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who continued to justify claims made "within the rules".
The payback follows an in-house investigation by a scrutiny panel set up by Mr Cameron, which examined every second home claim made by Tory MPs over four years up to 2007-08.
It uncovered a total of pounds 124,315.67 to be refunded by 41 MPs - covering everything from stamp duty Stamp Duty
An ad-valorem or flat rate charged upon certain documents.
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A further nine Tories, including Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling, the "Shadow Minister for Liverpool", will forego, or cut, their "second home" claims, saving the taxpayer pounds 108,600 over the next year..
David Cameron - ordered cash payback Chris Grayling - cash repaid