MP Steve McCabe paid back ÃÂ£2,000 in mortgage expenses
This is a story I have just sent over which may appear on the news section of the website soon:
Birmingham MP Steve McCabe over-claimed ÃÂ£2,000 for a mortgage from Commons expenses four years ago, he has admitted.
The MP said he had made a mistake in his expenses claim, and agreed to pay the money back as soon as the error was spotted.
Mr McCabe (Lab Hall Green), a Government whip, is highlighted in the latest round-up of expenses claims published by a national newspaper.
The Daily Telegraph said he had overclaimed on his mortgage by ÃÂ£4,059, but Mr McCabe said this figure was wrong.
He had in fact made a claim which was out by ÃÂ£2,000 after wrongly calculating the annual interest on his mortgage, when interest rates changed.
The claim was for a one-bedroom flat in London. Under Commons rules, MPs are allowed to claim for second homes used to allow them to carry out their Parliamentary roles.
Mr McCabe claims no subsidy on the home in Hall Green he shares with his partner.
He said: "If you look at the total figures for that year, I was actually the MP with the lowest total expenses claim.
"That's not what happens when someone is on the make. I made a simple mistake, which was corrected."