(2009) Conservative M.P. Anne Main

The daughter of Anne Main, a Tory MP, has been living rent-free at a flat paid for by her mother’s taxpayer-funded second home allowances.

Mrs Main, the MP for St Albans, has claimed a 10 per cent second home discount on her council tax for the apartment in her constituency even though her 27-year-old daughter, Claire Tonks, has lived there for up to three years.

This discount can only be claimed if no one lives at the property full-time.

Mrs Main’s principal home is a large detached house in Beaconsfield, Bucks, 25 miles from St Albans. The house is roughly six miles further from Westminster than the St Albans flat. Mrs Main has no regular accommodation in the capital.

The MP charged the taxpayer £1,095.68 a month in mortgage interest payments for the flat, along with service charges, utility bills and furnishing costs. She has claimed a 10 per cent discount on council tax since 2004 — amounting to £171.09 last year — and submitted the bill on her expenses.

Two neighbours who in live in other flats in the building — who the Telegraph spoke to alongside the MP yesterday — both said that it was the first time they had met her.

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