Ian Liddell-Grainger: in brief
Ian Liddell-Grainger: in brief
Ian Liddell-Grainger has been the Conservative MP for the Bridgwater Constituency since the General Election of 2001.
He has a 8,469 vote majority.
He claimed a total of £166,109 in expenses, including for office, staffing and travelling costs in 2007-2008, on top of the annual salary awarded to MPs which increased towards the end of 2007 to £61,820.
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Out of the 645 sitting MPs, that made him the 36th most expensive in the house, according to TheyWorkFor You.com.
Information of Mr Liddell-Grainger's receipts and invoices have not been published. He has told this newspaper that he has designated his ex-council flat in Lambeth as his primary home and his Bridgwater constituency residence, the address of which he keeps private, as his second home. His Bridgwater home has been purchased since he became an MP. He said he claims expenses for gas, electricity, council tax and mortgage payments in the same way as other MPs.
According to the website TheyWorkFor You.com, Mr Liddell-Grainger spoke in 26 debates in the last year - average among MPs, and has received answers to 15 written questions in the last year - average among MPs.
He is a member of two select committees and, according to TheyWorkFor You.com hardly ever rebels against his party in parliament.
According to the MPs Register of Members' Interests, available through TheyWorkForYou.com, Mr Liddell-Grainger registered:
A five day trip to Las Vegas, USA, in January this year to attend and speak on UK cyber security, citizen surveillance and privacy. Flights and accommodation was paid for by the conference organisers ICG Government.
A seven day trip to China last autumn as member of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group, at the invitation of the Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress to consolidate links between the United Kingdom and China. Transport to and from China was paid for by the All-Party Parliamentary China Group from donations. All internal costs including accommodation, meals and travels were met by the Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress.
A seven day trip in the spring of 2008 to USA and Canada, in his capacity as chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Taxation Group, to visit Washington, San Francisco and Ottawa to meet with officials, companies, interest groups and politicians for discussions on systems of taxation in the USA, Canada and UK. Flights and accommodation were paid for by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Washington DC, on behalf of Intuit Inc.
A four day trip to the USA in June 2007 in his capacity as chairman of the All Party Taxation Group to discuss differences between the US and UK systems of taxation. Flights and accommodation were paid for by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Washington DC, on behalf of Intuit Inc.
An eight day trip to USA for an educational visit to Seattle where US government departments, university experts and private companies are partners in nuclear decommissioning and waste-clearance operations. Flight and hotel bills were paid for by British Nuclear Power Station which operates Hinkley Point nuclear power station in the Bridgwater constituency.
He also has registered his interest in West Flemington Farm, Scotland, and farm buildings in Scotland.