Andy Burnham is claiming £17,000 a year in expenses to rent a flat in London despite owning a property in the capital.
The favourite to win the Labour leadership has been receiving £1,449.98 each month for a flat in Kennington, southeast London since July 2012.
Mr Burnham, the shadow health secretary, also gains an income from renting a nearby two-bedroom flat in Kilner House, near and Kennington.
Because yes, he does need to have somewhere in London (and he’s not being exactly extravagant about it). And now the taxpayer, rightly or wrongly, won’t pay the mortgage on hte place he bought to provide that place.
So in detail it’s reasonable enough. He needs a place in London, that’s a job requirement, at it’s going to cost 15k to 20k to prvide that. Fair that his employer, us, should cough up. But that doesn’t really matter. Because the average person is going to look at this and shout “That stinks!”. And that’s what matters in politics, isn’t it? Perceptions, not details nor even reality.