South Yorks MPs get Legg letters over expenses

ROTHERHAM'S three MPs appear so far to have escaped the wrath of expenses' watchdog Sir Thomas Legg.While the row over the review of expenses and accommodation allowances  raged again this week the borough's three representatives kept a low profile.Ro

ROTHERHAM'S three MPs appear so far to have escaped the wrath of expenses' watchdog Sir Thomas Legg.

While the row over the review of expenses and accommodation allowances  raged again this week the borough's three representatives kept a low profile.

Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron got a "Legg letter" but he has not been asked to repay any money.

Wentworth MP John Healey was asked for documents to check some of his claims for mortgage interest costs on his second home, which he has agreed to send off.

Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has not seen his letter as he is currently in Canada on a parliamentary visit to brief Canadian parliament on his work chairing the Commons inquiry into antisemitism.

He said: "I won't see it until next week so cannot comment in any way."

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, which covers Tickhill, welcomed the audit and review of MP's accommodation allowances.

She said: "The rules and administration of the allowances system by the House of Commons has been a shambles. 

"Independent regulation is essential to restore public confidence."

Jeff Ennis MP for Barnsley and Mexborough, said after receiving a letter: "Sir Thomas Legg has confirmed that no action is required."