(2009) Conservative M.P. Peter Viggers -PARASITE

Sir Peter Viggers, a Tory grandee, included with his expense claims the £1,645 cost of a floating duck house in the garden pond at his Hampshire home.

Sir Peter, the MP for Gosport, submitted an invoice for a “Stockholm” duck house to the Commons fees office.

The floating structure, which is almost 5ft high and is designed to provide protection for the birds, is based on an 18th-century building in Sweden. The receipt, from a firm specialising in bird pavilions, said: “Price includes three anchor blocks, duck house and island.”

It was announced last night that following The Daily Telegraph’s disclosures, Sir Peter will retire at the next election.

Sir Peter, a qualified jet pilot, lawyer and banker, has been an MP for 25 years and is a member of the Treasury select committee. He lists his recreations in Who’s Who as opera, travel and trees.

His expenses files reveal that he was paid more than £30,000 of taxpayers’ money for “gardening” over three years, including nearly £500 for 28 tons of manure.

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