Quentin Davies dismisses bell-tower expense row as ‘a joke’

GUARDIAN, 15 Dec 2009: The defence minister Quentin Davies today dismissed the furore over his expense claim for a bell-tower on his constituency home as “a joke”.

Davies said he had not done “anything remotely wrong” in submitting a £20,000 invoice for work to his roof, including repairs to the bell-tower, and insisted his work had not been affected “in the slightest degree”.

The Grantham and Stamford MP, who defected from the Tories, insisted that he had never intended to claim the full amount detailed on the invoice, only legitimate expenses for repairing his roof.

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