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MPs' landlords revealed despite Bercow protest.

RECORDS revealing details about who MPs rent their taxpayer-funded homes from were released yesterday despite warnings from Commons Speaker John Bercow that it would cause a "security risk".

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) published a list of the landlords and agents of the 320 MPs claiming rental expenses last month.

It shows a number of MPs rent their properties from fellow MPs or peers. Labour MP Jessica Morden (Newport East) rents from Madeleine Moon (Bridgend) while Conservative Keith Simpson rents from Lord Flight.

The publication of the information will anger many MPs, who argued in the Commons it could be used maliciously. Mr Bercow wrote to Ipsa claiming there was a "very real danger" residential addresses could be discovered as a result of the details being released.

On publication yesterday Ipsa said it had withheld some details from the records where an MP or landlord had shown the information could lead to their address being identified.

It comes after Equalities minister Helen Grant defended her claim for the maximum in expenses to cover accommodation in London despite living just 19 miles from the Commons.

Mrs Grant lives in a PS1.8m home in Reigate, Surrey - outside her Maidstone constituency - and also rents a Thameside flat near the MI6 building in Vauxhall, funded by the taxpayer. A spokeswoman for Mrs Grant said: "Mrs Grant's constituency has been deemed by IPSA to be a non-London constituency and she is therefore fully entitled to use her rental accommodation allowance either in London or in the constituency.

"She has a base in her constituency at her mother's property, where her son also lives, so she sees no need to rent a further property there." Mrs Grant's London flat is supported by expense claims of PS1,666.67 per month, the maximum allowed within the rule. She has filed claims for rent since March.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Nov 20, 2012
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