Boris Johnson calls for probe on MPs claiming rent on expenses while letting out property


BORIS Johnson last night urged Commons sleaze bosses to probe MPs who claim rent for a London flat on expenses while renting out their own property in the capital.

More than a dozen are using a loophole which is within the rules but was branded “plain wrong” by senior MP Sir Roger Gale last night.

Boris Johnson called for a probe into MPs claiming rent on expenses while letting out property

The PM urged the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to review it, saying: “All those things have got to be looked into.”

He insisted the sleaze allegations dogging his party will not cost them the by-election in Bexley, South East London, following the death of James Brokenshire.

The PM has been slammed for ­trying to weaken Commissioner ­Kathryn Stone’s powers after ex-Tory MP Owen Paterson breached lobbying rules.

MPs including Sir Geoffrey Cox and ex-minister Liam Fox currently claim for rent on expenses while letting their own property out for more than £10,000 per year.

Last night Tories and Labour were tied on 35 per cent in a YouGov poll.

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