7/9/2009 11:31:00 AM
Cashback MP Godsiff also targeted in expenses scandal
Cashback campaigner and Labour MP Roger Godsiff has been added to the list of MPs embarrassed in the expenses scandal, after claiming for a hedge trimmer, lawnmower, bath mats and towels.
The Telegraph found that the MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath also claimed the maximum second home allowance to stay in London, despite only attending 49% of votes last year.
Receipts indicate that the MP, who has appeared on Watchdog and Dispatches during the cashback fall out, made £163,885 worth of expenses claims on top of his salary of £64,766 in 2008.
He included claims for mortgage interest and to cover monthly £400 payments secured on his second home in Lewisham, London.
The Midlands MP was the most vocal public figure after the high profile collapse of West Midlands dealer Dialamobile, which left thousands of consumers out of pocket.
Some within the mobile industry, particularly operators, privately criticised Godsiff, accusing him of ‘opportunism’ as he called for networks to pay out to consumers who suffered with unpaid cashbacks. He was a leading figure in the Westminster cashback summit in 2007, which Ofcom and operators attended.