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Payments revealed.

MPs who backed a law that would have blocked the public release of parliamentary expense claims are among those who have benefited from thousands of pounds in second-home payments.

The Sunday Telegraph today reports that Tory MP David Maclean, who led the secrecy bid, used pounds 20,000 of taxpayers' cash to do up a property before selling it.

Mr Maclean, who introduced a Bill to exempt Parliament from aspects of Freedom of Information law, then avoided paying capital gains tax on the sale by telling the taxman it was his main home, the newspaper alleged.

He firmly rejected dodging his tax liabilities on the home sale. "I did not avoid paying capital gains tax," he said.

"That is crooked and I would not do it." Former Labour whip Fraser Kemp was said to be ready to pay back money claimed for repeat purchases, including 16 sheets within seven weeks and two DVD players..
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 17, 2009
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