Erewash MP Jessica Lee says she has 'nothing to hide' in row over London flat
EREWASH MP Jessica Lee has defended her living arrangements after billing the tax payer for renting a property in London, where she also owns a flat.
County councillor for Cotmanhay Brian Lucas questioned why Miss Lee needed to rent when she owned a property in the capital, which she lets out.
The MP bills the tax payer £1,430 a month for London accommodation, which she shares with another Conservative MP.
Mr Lucas said: "Could Miss Lee explain why this is happening?"
In reply, Miss Lee said: "I am neither a millionaire nor supported by a trade union.
"Like most people, I cannot afford to run two homes at once. I have owned a flat for years and have to rent it out because I have been unable to sell it this far .
"I flat-share with another MP when at Parliament in London. The benefit to the tax payer on this point is that I can split the utility bills with my flat-mate, saving hundreds of pounds each year."
"I have nothing to hide and will discuss my expenses with any constituent at any time at one of my weekly surgeries."