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Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises for complaining about expenses

Jessica Geen August 12, 2009

Openly gay Conservative MP and shadow leader of the House of Commons Alan Duncan has apologised after being caught on camera complaining that MPs are now “treated like s**t”.

He was filmed campaigner Heydon Prowse, the editor of Don’t Panic magazine. He was invited by Duncan to visit parliament in June.

Duncan, a multi-millionaire, also said that MPs are forced to live on “rations” following news of grossly inflated expenses claims.

This morning, he apologised for the comments, saying they had been made as a joke.

He said: “The last thing people want to hear is an MP whingeing about his pay and conditions.

“It is a huge honour to be an MP and my remarks, although meant in jest, were completely uncalled for. I apologise for them unreservedly.”

When the expenses scandal broke, Duncan,who receives an MPs’ salary of around £65,000, was forced to apologise and pay back nearly £4,000 he claimed for gardening costs.

In the taped interview, he said: “I spend my money on my garden and claim a tiny fraction based on what is proper. And I could claim the whole bloody lot, but I don’t.”

When asked how much he spends on his garden, he said: “About £2,000 a year and this was £1,000 a year on expenses, you know. It’s just, I’m afraid the world has gone mad.”

He summarised life as an MP as: “Basically, it’s being nationalised, you have to live on rations and are treated like s**t.”

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