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Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner charged taxpayer £249 for pair of PERSONALISED AirPods

Labour's Deputy Leader Angela Rayner charged the taxpayer more than £2,100 for Apple technology, it emerged today.  

Between April and August last year, Ms Rayner claimed some £14,390.90 on office expenses alone. 

The MP claimed £249 for a pair of personalised Apple AirPods and chalked up £3,809.25 in stationary and printing costs. 

Labour's Deputy Leader Angela Rayner claimed £249 for a pair of personalised Apple AirPods

The Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne

Ms Rayner, the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, received a basic salary of £79,467.96 from 2019-2020.  

Last year she also claimed £1,619 for an iPad Pro as well as a £99 case, £199 keyboard and £131 digital pencil and a £70 office chair, according to The Sun. 

The deputy leader, who boasts of 'standing up for working people', has claimed £30,952.98 including £1,600 on 23 first-class rail tickets between London and her Manchester constituency since last March. 

And fellow Labour MP Barry Gardiner also claimed £131 for an iPad pen, The Sun reports. 

Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan claimed for £10,000 worth of laptops - which she gave to schools. 

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy last year chalked £23,083.44 to her expenses, including £8,883.35 on non-office rent and £475.67 in council tax - and £20 on hand-sanitiser gel. 

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) says MPs are allowed to claim for additional energy bills, classed as 'office costs'. 

They can charge taxpayers for utility bills for their main residence and constituency office as long as the claims 'relate to parliamentary activity'. 

John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, told MailOnline: 'MPs splashing our cash on luxury items is unforgivable.

'No doubt all of this spending will be shown to be 'within the rules'. But all MPs should be asking themselves if that spending was remotely necessary, particularly when millions of Brits could be facing unemployment in the coming months.

'MPs should limit their spending to items essential for their jobs and not get taxpayers to pick up the tab for their personal spending addiction.'

Ms Rayner claimed more than £14,000 in accommodation and a further £14,000 in office costs 

Labour MP Barry Gardiner also claimed £131 for an iPad pen. Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan claimed for £10,000 worth of laptops - which she gave to schools

Earlier this month, it emerged Members of Parliament claimed £9.1 million in expenses despite working largely remotely during the first 2020 lockdown, compared to £8.2million in 2019. 

MPs claimed £1.7million more for 'office costs' during the first lockdown, representing a rise of 41 per cent. 

They had been given a £10,000 budget each to put towards home offices when the pandemic started. 

A spokesperson for Angela Rayner said: 'All expenses for the running of Angela's parliamentary office were submitted in line with the rules.' 

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