Gordon Brown too guilty of claiming parliamentary expenses for two houses

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London, June 6(ANI): In a humiliating blow for the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, The Daily Telegraph has reported that he claimed parliamentary expenses for his constituency home in Scotland, while billing the taxpayer for a flat in London.

According to the report, Brown had claimed more than #28,000 in second home allowances after moving into Downing Street in 2006.

A detailed analysis of Brown's expense claims also reveals that the Prime Minister claimed #30 on his office expenses towards the cost of hiring a bagpiper to play at a ceremony for veterans.rown had only switched his designated second home from London to Scotland on September 18, meaning the first 77 days of the bill related to a period when his London flat was his designated second home, the report claimed.

If the bill was divided into equal amounts for each day, Mr Brown had claimed towards #334.59 of electricity when Fife was not his designated second home, the report added.

This episode has come after Brown had publicly rebuked Alistair Darling, a Chancellor, for doing a similar thing. arling appeared on live television to unreservedly apologise for claiming a #1,004 service charge bill for his London flat when his designated second home was in Downing Street.

Following the incident, a spokesman for Gordon Brown gave clarification about the incident.

"Mr Brown is following all the rules and procedures of the fees office and has already apologised for any inadvertent mistakes. If, of course, the full investigation that Mr Brown has ordered suggests that there is any adjustment which needs to be made, he will make it," a spokesman for Gordon Brown said.

The spokesman added that Mr Brown would have been "equally happy" to pay the piper out of his own pocket. (ANI)

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