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Payback time as MP forks out £47

PUBLISHED: 18:05 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:48 23 August 2010

OUT OF POCKET: MP Adam Holloway.

OUT OF POCKET: MP Adam Holloway.

AN MP has been asked to repay £47 by the Conservatives scrutiny panel in the wake of the expenses scandal. Gravesham MP Adam Holloway was among 41 MPs requested to make new repayments of allowances following the latest findings by the panel. The forme

AN MP has been asked to repay £47 by the Conservatives' scrutiny panel in the wake of the expenses scandal.

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway was among 41 MPs requested to make new repayments of allowances following the latest findings by the panel.

The former grenadier guard said he would repay the money and claimed party leader David Cameron was showing the way when it comes to cleaning up the expenses system.

Mr Holloway is to repay £47.96 claimed for gardening equipment over the four years since he was elected.

He said: "David Cameron is leading on this whole issue. I have spent £47 on my garden in the last four years, and he does not feel that the public should have to have paid anything towards MPs' gardens. He is addressing the public mood.

"Most months I spend hundreds of pounds out of my own pocket entertaining people to do this job. There is no budget for this.

"This month I will be spending about £1,000 directly on work entertaining in that garden, again funded by myself. I guess the cost this month just went up to £1,047."

The scrutiny panel was set up by Mr Cameron to examine the claims of Tory MPs from 2004 to 2008 and to decide whether they were reasonable.

So far 101 Conservative MPs have been asked to pay back a total of £255,000.

In May, Mr Holloway released his expenses receipts to the Reporter ahead of the official publishing date.

From April 2005 to April 2008 he claimed £418,000 in allowances, including £65,600 for his second home.

The scrutiny panel will now continue to sit and investigate further allowance-related issues.

Mr Cameron said: "This is just one step - of many - that needs to be taken to restore some trust and faith in the political system. Trust between politicians and the people they serve. And faith in the fact that it is still our greatest hope to bring about the change our country desperately needs.

"Step by step, brick by brick, we can and we will fix our political system.

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