New figures reveal how much MPs Jeremy Quin and Andrew Griffith cost the taxpayer last year

Horsham MP Jeremy Quin cost the taxpayer around £174,000 last year, new figures reveal.

Figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show the Conservative MP's total business costs for the 2020-21 financial year were £173,834.09.

The MP's costs were down slightly from £174,057.47 the year before, and well below the average for all Members of Parliament, of £203,880.

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By comparison, Darren Henry, a fellow Tory MP for Broxtowe, had costs of £280,900 last year, while Philip Hollobone, the member for Kettering, had just £80,700.

Horsham MP Jeremy Quin cost the taxpayer around £174,000 last year, new figures reveal. Picture by Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament

Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin, who was elected in May 2015, spent £173,800 on office running costs in 2020-21, including £155,800 on staff wages and £18,100 on other office expenditures.

Jeremy Quin doesn’t claim accommodation or personal travel expenses

The figures also revealed that Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith cost the taxpayer £203,085.74 for the 2020-21 financial year.

The MP’s costs were up from £36,981.41 the year before, and on a par with the average for all Members of Parliament.

The figures also revealed that Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith cost the taxpayer £203,085.74 for the 2020-21 financial year. Picture by Richard Townshend Photography

Andrew Griffith, who was elected in December 2019, spent £200,300 on office running costs in 2020-21, including £164,800 on staff wages and £35,500 on other office expenditures.

He incurred no accommodation costs, but spent £2,800 on travel and subsistence.

The total costs of MPs last year rose by 4%, to £132.5 million, with almost £300,000 going on hotel claims for just 49 members.

Business costs are the essential costs incurred by MPs while carrying out their parliamentary duties including staffing, office costs and travel.

MPs cannot claim for personal costs, such as food and drink, during their normal working day, and all claims must be compliant with IPSA rules and accompanied by evidence.

IPSA’s chairman, Richard Lloyd, said compliance with the rules was at 99.7% last year.

He added: “By far the largest area of spending is to pay for the salaries of MPs’ staff.

"In the last financial year MPs and their staff changed how they work to provide their constituents with a service during the pandemic.

“We enabled MPs’ staff to work from home, while the amount spent on parliamentary business travel fell to reflect different working patterns."

The IPSA figures also reveal the 39 individual claims made by Mr Quin in 2020-21, with the most expensive single claim being for staff payroll – £152,703.06.

Mr Griffith, meanwhile, made 369 individual claims in 2020-21, with the most expensive single claim being for staff payroll – £161,787.78.

At the other end of the scale, the smallest one-off expense the 53-year-old claimed was £1.00 for ctm rail booking fee.

The average cost of an MP was up 29%, from £158,103, in 2019-20.

Kit Malthouse was the most expensive MP attending the Cabinet in 2020-21, with total costs of £244,312.

This was compared to £178,406 for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and £168,109 for Sir Keir Starmer.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It’s important MPs have the resources to do their jobs, but many taxpayers will be worried about the soaring cost of politics.

“The electorate expects politicians to stay grounded and keep costs under control, particularly given the Covid pandemic saw many MPs and their staff work from home.

“With taxpayers facing a cost of living crisis, politicians should be doing their utmost to keep their spending down.”

MPs' costs are usually broken down into dozens of categories, with staff pay almost always the largest expense.

Jeremy Quin's five largest types of costs were:

1) Payroll – costing £152,703.06

2) Rent – £11,777.75

3) Pooled Staffing Services – £3,047.00

4) Bought-in services – £1,666.08

5) Working From Home Allowance – £1,493.81

Andrew Griffith's five largest types of costs were:

1) Payroll – costing £161,787.78

2) Equipment - purchase – £11,960.95

3) Rent – £10,403.70

4) Stationery & printing – £5,980.84

5) Bought-in services – £4,015.60

He also spent £1,279.42 on a working from home allowance.