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.