Hats off this evening to my local MP, Phillip Hollobone, who has managed to come in as the cheapest MP in terms of the expenses he claims, managing to keep down his expenses for 2006/07 to £44,551. For the year 2005/06 the figure was £49,576, so he has actually saved some £5,000 this year.

On those occasions when I have turned to BBC Parliament it is rare that, however stultifying the debate may be, he is not there. Nor does he slouch about in that attitude of studied indolence that some MPs manage: he looks as though he is enjoying the earnest debate that is taking place on ‘widget targets for 2012’.
If he can manage it, one is bound to ask why other MPs are so expensive. Even the Beast of Bolsover, Dennis Skinner, frugal out of dreary socialist conviction, claimed £67,891. The most expensive MP was apparently one Shahid Malik, Labour MP for Dewsbury, who cost us a whopping £185,421. Malik is going to have his work cut out explaining that little one away.

Mr. Hollobone, I can confirm, is assiduous and courteous in replying to emails and as a supporter of the ‘Better Off Out’ campaign, is tonight a worthy entrant into The Huntsman’s Pantheon. How nice it is to have something really positive to write concerning one of our MPs. His achievement is all the more remarkable in that he sits on the Borough Council as well. If he keeps this up he will soon begin to win a decent local following at Parliamentary elections.