MPs take taxpayer funded holidays
MPs are enjoying taxpayer-funded "mini-breaks" to European capitals accompanied by their spouses in an extraordinary Commons expenses scam.
The Mail on Sunday can today reveal how politicians exploit a loophole that allows them to take foreign excursions anywhere in the European Union – and then claim back the costs from
Using an obscure rule introduced in the late Nineties, MPs are allowed to make up to three trips each year to mainland
But the system is now open to widespread abuse, as politicians use official meetings lasting only a few minutes to justify the cost and reason behind their visit.
Two former MPs have now blown the whistle on the abuse, where MPs are reimbursed for club-class return air fares and "subsistence" costs of up to £200 a day.
One ex-Labour backbencher, who asked not be named, said: "It was normal practice. I went to
Now we know why a lot of our MPs want to stay in the EU – it’s because they have an excuse to take a mini break in