IR35 reform MP accused over mileage expenses

A top MP who contractors once cheered for his critical stance on IR35 now risks incurring their wrath over allegations about his expenses.

David Morris, who previously committed to tackling the Intermediaries legislation, was yesterday exposed by a national paper for using taxpayer cash for UK car journeys while being abroad.

Citing records kept by the Parliamentary Standards Authority, the Mail on Sunday accused the Tory MP of submitting £550 in expenses for nine domestic car journeys during his trips to Australia, Canada and Nepal.

The former self-employed businessman is said to deny any wrongdoing, but the paper also claims that a member of the public has now reported Mr Morris to the police over another set of mileage expenses.

In particular, nine separate expenses claims allegedly by the MP are said to have been brought to the attention of the Metropolitan Police, reportedly because official reports place him on three overseas trips during the periods they were incurred.

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