On 2 December 2010, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) began publishing MPs' expenses online. From now on, Alistair's expenses can be viewed on IPSA's own site. To search them, click here.
Accommodation - as an 'Outer-London MP', I rent a studio flat near the Houses of Parliament which allows me to work much later than if I were to commute to Bedfordshire.
Constituency Rental - I rent office space in the Biggleswade Conservative Club where Mandy and Katherine are based. The amount I pay is determined by an independent surveyor.
General Admin/Office Costs - these expenses cover costs including hardware purchases, telephone rental and call charges (landline and mobile) and stationery. It also includes services I receive as a Member of Parliament such as recruitment assistance and case management software.
Staffing - my staffing costs include full time salaries for Samantha, Helena and Eve, and part-time salaries for Katherine and Mandy. I also pay a yearly subscription to use an in-house research service. During 2012/13 Samantha was on maternity leave and my costs therefore varied to cover her replacements.
Travel - this includes my travel around the constituency, to and from London, and any travel required for staff (this does not include normal commuting costs).
- Salary information for MPs can be found on www.parliament.uk