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Ian Liddell-Grainger: in brief

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: May 12, 2009

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Ian Liddell-Grainger: in brief

Ian Liddell-Grainger has been the Conservative MP for the Bridgwater Constituency since the General Election of 2001.

He has a 8,469 vote majority.

He claimed a total of £166,109 in expenses, including for office, staffing and travelling costs in 2007-2008, on top of the annual salary awarded to MPs which increased towards the end of 2007 to £61,820.

Out of the 645 sitting MPs, that made him the 36th most expensive in the house, according to TheyWorkFor You.com.

Information of Mr Liddell-Grainger's receipts and invoices have not been published. He has told this newspaper that he has designated his ex-council flat in Lambeth as his primary home and his Bridgwater constituency residence, the address of which he keeps private, as his second home. His Bridgwater home has been purchased since he became an MP. He said he claims expenses for gas, electricity, council tax and mortgage payments in the same way as other MPs.

According to the website TheyWorkFor You.com, Mr Liddell-Grainger spoke in 26 debates in the last year - average among MPs, and has received answers to 15 written questions in the last year - average among MPs.

He is a member of two select committees and, according to TheyWorkFor You.com hardly ever rebels against his party in parliament.

According to the MPs Register of Members' Interests, available through TheyWorkForYou.com, Mr Liddell-Grainger registered:

A five day trip to Las Vegas, USA, in January this year to attend and speak on UK cyber security, citizen surveillance and privacy. Flights and accommodation was paid for by the conference organisers ICG Government.

A seven day trip to China last autumn as member of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group, at the invitation of the Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress to consolidate links between the United Kingdom and China. Transport to and from China was paid for by the All-Party Parliamentary China Group from donations. All internal costs including accommodation, meals and travels were met by the Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress.

A seven day trip in the spring of 2008 to USA and Canada, in his capacity as chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Taxation Group, to visit Washington, San Francisco and Ottawa to meet with officials, companies, interest groups and politicians for discussions on systems of taxation in the USA, Canada and UK. Flights and accommodation were paid for by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Washington DC, on behalf of Intuit Inc.

A four day trip to the USA in June 2007 in his capacity as chairman of the All Party Taxation Group to discuss differences between the US and UK systems of taxation. Flights and accommodation were paid for by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Washington DC, on behalf of Intuit Inc.

An eight day trip to USA for an educational visit to Seattle where US government departments, university experts and private companies are partners in nuclear decommissioning and waste-clearance operations. Flight and hotel bills were paid for by British Nuclear Power Station which operates Hinkley Point nuclear power station in the Bridgwater constituency.

He also has registered his interest in West Flemington Farm, Scotland, and farm buildings in Scotland.

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    Jerry Attrick, UK  |  February 13 2011, 8:57PM

    We will probably find he is just another pompous, arrogant crook like the rest of them. I am always suspicious of people with hyphonated names, they are either insecure or snobs.

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    Dan, Dulverton  |  May 26 2009, 9:37PM

    Ian As you are likley to soon to be my MP, with the forthcoming electoral boundary change I would love to see the details of your expenses. I have no doubt that your integrity is equal to your intelligence and charm so why not let us see the detail?

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    Louise, Bridgwater  |  May 24 2009, 7:20PM

    Mr. Liddell-Grainger you can not justify your expenses that you have claimed. You represent one of the most deprived areas in the country due to the lack of jobs and investment. To earn that figure I would have to work for at least 10 years. I am staggered that you have claimed so much. It is time for you to go, you are high maintenance and I certainly will not be voting for you at the next election.

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    John Tucker, Bridgwater  |  May 24 2009, 9:28AM

    I wonder what Mr Tom King's expenses were for one year when he represented Bridgwater. I suspect, being a man of integrity, far less than £166,000. I would like to vote Conservative at the next General Election but not, I fear, for the present incumbent.

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    S Webb, Bridgwater  |  May 22 2009, 5:52PM

    Mr Liddell Grainger please publish details of your expenses if you have nothing to hide. We have a right to know what you have been claiming as these sums claimed from us the taxpayer.. amongst whom are your constituents. Honesty is the best policy in this case.

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    gary,, bridgwater  |  May 22 2009, 2:54PM

    I would also urge Mr Liddell Grainger to publish his expenses as the amount is staggering. I can not see what this money would have been spent on as he is a sitting MP with all the resources of the House of Commons at his disposal. I for one will vote in the next election on 'the morality of expenses claimed', not the breaking of rules/playing the system. I have never been a political animal until now and I feel it is our duty to get involved and punish those that have stolen any money from the public purse, whilst many of us suffer financial hardship.

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    Nicola, Taunton  |  May 21 2009, 12:26PM

    I too, would like to see Mr Liddell-Grainger's expenses. If it is true that he claimed over £166,000 in expenses on top of his salary, that is breath-taking. I have emailed Mr L-G to ask him to publish his 2008/09 expenses on his website. His constituents have a right to know what is costing him so much money and how that money has been spent. As the previous correspondent said, we can then judge whether we think him a fit and proper person to represent us in the future.

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    D A Young, Holford Somerset  |  May 20 2009, 8:27PM

    Would Mr Liddell Grainger please publish details of his expenses. He may well believe that his expenses are within 'the rules' but it would appear that £166k expenses to run his office & travel costs is excessive. Also he is receipt of the Communications grant c £10k. He is maintaining a very nice house in this area at the tax payers expense - let his constituents see the details then we can make a proper judgement as to his suitability to represent us.

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