In 2007-8 prior to the expenses revelations I promised to cut my total costs as an MP by 10% in 2008-9 and by a further 10% in 2009-10. I thought this could be done, even though I was a well below average claimer. I felt public spending was too high and MPs needed to show how it could be reduced sensibly. I have now found the final figures for 2009-10 for all MPs on the Guardian website, so can bring constituents up to date on expenses for those years.
I did cut my costs by 11.6% in the first year, and by a further 20% in the second year. The total claims of £75,015 in 2009-10 were 29% lower than two years earlier.
My claim of £75,015 in 2009-10 compares to an average MP’s claim of £140,456 in 2009-10.