Tory minister broke bills guidelines with workplace printer use, watchdog guidelines

Pensions minister Paul Maynard broke expenses rules by using an office printer to produce “overtly political” materials to promote the Tories and his re-election, a watchdog report has concluded.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), which oversees MPs’ expenses, said the MP for Blackpool North had also under-reported use of his constituency office for party political activity.

Ipsa said it would be “appropriate” for the MP to repay £1,257 for the rent and maintenance of a printer which he used to produce the material.

It said he had agreed to pay back an additional £110 “in recognition of the possibility of inaccurately logged usage of the constituency office for party-political activity”.

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