Rotherham MP Sarah Champion to repay expenses after claiming £17 cost of poppy wreath

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham
Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion is to repay expenses after claiming the cost of a poppy wreath for use on Remembrance Day.

The Labour MP has said the £17 claim ‘should never have been made’ and will return the money to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Details of the claim were revealed following an investigation by political blog Guido Fawkes for The Sun newspaper.

According to IPSA’s official releases, Miss Champion submitted the claim for ‘Wreath for Remembrance Sunday’, describing it as ‘necessary expenses to 11/11/14’.

IPSA paid the £17, despite MPs being banned from claiming for wreaths.

Miss Champion told the newspaper: “The claim should never have been made so I’ll reimburse IPSA on Monday.”

When details of MPs’ expense claims were leaked in 2009, it emerged senior politicians including Boris Johnson, Ed Balls and Charles Kennedy had all claimed or attempted to claim taxpayers’ money to pay for wreaths.

An IPSA spokesman said: “We publish all details of what has happened and also what MPs claim. In this case, we will be seeking a repayment from the MP.”