More on Mersea Island here. And Musings from a Muddy Island is a good blog, though it has no connection with Harry Cohen.
Cohen has claimed every single penny of the maximum £104,701 in Commons expenses in the past five years for his £375,000 property in his Leyton and Wanstead constituency in East London, on the basis that it is his 'second home'.
Astonishingly, he says he has claimed the full second-home allowance since 1990.
It means he has pocketed a staggering £310,714 in total - believed to be the largest amount ever claimed by any MP.
Yet he declares on his Labour website that he and wife Ellen 'live' in Leyton and 'spend weekends at their static caravan' on Mersea Island, an unspoilt stretch of the East Anglian coast.
If his real main residence is the Leyton house, it means his Commons allowance has funded a holiday home completely unconnected with either his parliamentary or constituency duties.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Labour MP Harry Cohen claims a caravan on Mersea Island is his main residence
According to the Mail on Sunday: