Jacqui Smith claims for husband's iPhone on expenses


Jacqui Smith claims for husband's iPhone on expenses

Rebecca Thomson

The latest round of MPs' expenses revelations shows Jacqui Smith charging her husband's top-of-the-range iPhone using taxpayers' money.

Documents also appear to show she then began claiming the costs of the couple's monthly mobile phone bills.

She claimed for 90% of the cost of the calls, because she said 90% of the calls made by her husband Richard Timney would be in relation to his work as her constituency office manager.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Smith wrote a letter to the Commons fees office in January last year saying, "Until now I have not claimed for the use of my mobile phone, nor that of Richard Timney I should like to claim for both phones from now on and backdate the claim to the start of this financial year.

"I would estimate that 90% of the costs are related to my work as an MP I hope that this estimation is acceptable."

A receipt from a phone shop in Redditch, her constituency, showed the home secretary claimed £242.10 of the £268 cost of the phone.

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