Will Labour pay it back?

When the Labour party held its leadership vote prediction were that the travel expenses of the candidates would soar…and so it turns out.

This is not a valid parliamentary expense, they were campaigning for their own party’ leadership. They should pay it back.

The NZ Herald reports:

The taxpayer-funded air travel expenses of Labour’s leadership contenders increased during the campaign period, the latest quarterly expenses disclosures show.

The eventual winner, Auckland-based David Cunliffe, had $14,071 of air travel in the July-to-September quarter, compared with $8538 in the previous quarter.

Rival Shane Jones, based in Northland, clocked up $21,184 in air travel compared with $13,430 the previous quarter.  

Wellington-based Grant Robertson spent $9737, compared with $7921 the previous quarter.

Overall the Labour caucus air travel expenses were $14,000 higher in the July-to-September quarter than the previous quarter and $22,000 higher than the same quarter in 2012.

We need David Cunliffe to pay back $5533 for his needless travel at the taxpayers expense.

Shane Jones can write us a cheque for $7754.

Grant Robertson needs to cough up $1816.

Thos expenses over and above their normal travel bills were for the Labour party and not for parliamentary purposes. They need to pay it back.


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