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Architecture minister enters expenses row

The architecture minister Barbara Follett is the latest politician having to justify her expenses after it was announced she claimed £25,000 on security patrols outside her London house

Her claims were disclosed by the Daily Telegraph as part of a wider investigation into allowances received by MP’s from all parties.

She also claimed £528.75 to repair and clean a Chinese needlepoint rug, but was only paid back £300 after the cost was deemed excessive.

When question by the Telegraph, Follett, who is the MP for Stevenage commented that all claims had been cleared by the House of Commons Fees Office under the rules laid out in the Green Book, and would not be commenting further.

On her constituency website, Follett dedicates a page to expenses and states: ‘I am sorry that this matter has received such prominent and, I believe, unfair coverage.’

Follett became architecture minister in October 2008, replacing Margaret Hodge who stepped down due to her husband’s poor health.

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