MP expenses row is now family feud

NMAC10-2923-1''Sherwood M.P. Mark Spencer pictured at Ollerton Energy Village on Monday
NMAC10-2923-1''Sherwood M.P. Mark Spencer pictured at Ollerton Energy Village on Monday
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HUCKNALL’S Conservative MP Mark Spencer (pictured) has been plunged into an astonishing new row over nearly £7,000 he received in allowances as a member of two councils.

His uncle and fellow Tory, Gedling Borough Council leader Coun Roland Spencer, has called on him to pay the money back.

The MP was paid the allowances AFTER he was elected MP for the Sherwood constituency, including Hucknall, in May.

The amounts comprise £4,491.07 from July to August as a Tory member of Notts County Council and £2,269 he claimed from Gedling Council from May to June.

Coun Roland Spencer said: “I have tried to convince him that he has a moral duty to refund the money but he is pig-headed. This makes him look as if he is there for the money and not for the duty of looking after people.”

Hucknall Labour spokeswoman Emilie Oldknow, the defeated Labour candidate in the Sherwood election, applauded Coun Roland Spencer’s stance.

She said: “Well done to him for giving good family-advice and saying what I and many people in Hucknall have been saying for weeks now.

“Although we have political differences, I know Coun Roland Spencer is a respected figure. Mark should take his advice and pay the money back so it can be spent on local services instead.”

Mark Spencer, who denies any wrongdoing, says the allowances cover only the first period after he became an MP. He says he has not received a penny from either council since August, even though he remains a councillor.

Commenting on Coun Roland Spencer’s intervention, he said: “We have had a long-standing family row and my uncle has taken the opportunity to stick his oar in. I will rise above it.”