DETAILS of a claim amounting to £7,295 by Hyndburn MP Greg Pope have been revealed.
Expenses claimed by all 646 MPs were finally released to the public on Thursday by the Members Estimate Committee.
Mr Pope was caught up in the expenses scandal earlier this month after a Sunday newspaper revealed he had claimed £560 for two abstract paintings in September 2006 and a £1,590 shopping spree at John Lewis in March 2006.
And according to details released yesterday, Mr Pope also claimed £7,295 of Additional Cost Allowance when he moved homes in October 2006. Items on the claim included £196 on bed linen and bath towels, £1,646 on table and chairs, £998 on a bed and mattress and £1,384 on mortgage interest payments.
He also spent £670 decorating his hallway and bathroom in June 2005 and £587 in October 2007 on an advertising board at Accrington Stanley
Mr Pope said: "I welcome the fact that they been released and I have published information on my website for the past two years. The public want transparency and the right to see what is happening to taxpayers’ money.
"I asked the House of Commons where I ranked with regards to Additional Cost Allowance claims and I was 413 out of 614." Last week the Observer revealed Mr Pope will stand down at the next General Election but he maintains it has nothing to do with the expenses scandal.