Michael Fabricant. Picture: UK Parliament
Michael Fabricant. Picture: UK Parliament

A new video will help bust myths on the actions of elected representatives, Lichfield’s MP has said.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has created the film to give information about MP pay and expenses.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant said the video was helping to set the record straight.

“Often, on social media, I get comments like ‘I bet you’ll claim that on expenses’ – well, no, I can’t.

“A lot has changed since the expenses scandal in 2009. Despite this, I know that there are still some commonly held beliefs amongst the public that are incorrect, misleading and ultimately harmful for our democracy.

“The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority controls what MPs can and cannot claim for.

“By far the biggest constituent is for the salaries of staff employed to help my constituents in the Lichfield constituency. And that goes for other MPs – of all parties – too.

“I very much welcome this short video, produced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, which explains how they operate.”

Michael Fabricant

The organisation also publishes figures relating to each MP, breaking down how expenses and other costs have been used.

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