Commons Speaker John Bercow claimed £1,300 for attending MP funeral

Stories about Commons Speaker John Bercow racking up huge expenses are very common.

Last year, British taxpayers forked out £100,000 for his travel bill.

Back in March, it was reported that the Speaker has spent a staggering £150,000 on travel since the last general election.

Bercow is now under fire for claiming almost £1,300 in expenses to attend the funeral of Labour backbencher Paul Goggins in Manchester.

It cost the taxpayer £112.50 for Bercow’s taxi ride from Parliament to Euston Station and back. The speaker also claimed £239.10 for a return train journey to Manchester for him and two staff.

The Speaker spent £500 to “travel around Manchester” by car and an overnight stay for him and two of his staff at the Park Inn by Radisson hotel cost £364.28.

Dia Chakravarty, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “This seems like an extraordinary bill for an overnight stay.”

Tory MP Rob Wilson told the Sun: “It is right that a Speaker should attend the funeral of a former MP.

“That said, at first look, it seems extravagant to spend over £1,000 of taxpayers’ money.”

A spokeswoman for Bercow said: “The Speaker, representing the House of Commons, attended a church service the evening before Mr Goggins’ funeral, as well as attending the funeral.

“This was a mark of respect to Paul Goggins and to his family. The funeral was in Manchester, so travel costs from Westminster were incurred.”

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