Tory MP David Curry told to pay back #28K claimed on love-nest

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London, March 26 (ANI): Tory MP David Curry has been told to pay back 28,000 pounds of expenses that he had claimed for his love-nest.

Curry, 65, who had to quit as chairman of the Standards and Privileges committee when the scandal broke last year, pocketed cash for the cottage even though he rarely stayed there overnight.

He had used the property in North Yorkshire to meet his mistress, and when the affair ended his wife banned him from staying there overnight.

But the Skipton and Ripon MP still went on to claim 38,000 pounds in second-home exes on the property between 2005 and 2009.

Curry claimed he was guilty of just a "minor infringement", but Parliament's standards commissioner John Lyon insisted the breach was "serious" and said he should pay back all the cash.

However, MPs on Curry's old committee were more lenient and said he should pay just 28,000 pounds, claiming he had been "careless" and had not tried to deceive anyone.

He was also criticised for not properly registering a 35,000 pounds-a-year second job he had as chairman of campaign group Dairy UK. (ANI)

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