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MPs offered ray of light in expenses controversy

Electrical parts firm RS Components has shed light on how MPs can illuminate their homes without billing taxpayers.

The firm has offered to supply MPs with free energy efficient lamps to stop them making claims at the taxpayer’s expense.

The offer comes after the Daily Telegraph revealed Havant MP David Willetts billed the taxpayer £115 plus VAT for workmen to replace 25 light bulbs at his second home in west London.

On the same bill, the Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities & Skills charged another £80 to “change lights in bathroom”.

Europe’s largest supplier of electronic and electrical parts, RS Components, today offered Mr Willetts 30 free energy efficient lamps as well as a free lamp to all other MPs.

RS Components customer marketing manager Neil Harrison said: “We would be happy to speak with Mr. Willetts to provide the right energy efficient lamps for his home.

“Perhaps if every MP switched to energy efficient lamps further embarrassment on related expense claims could be avoided.

“The potential savings for tax payers on energy bills and maintenance would run into the millions over time.”

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