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The expenses of every MP over the past four years are due to be published following weeks of uproar.

Commons authorities say the details, which were to have been released in July after a freedom of Information request, will be online from Thursday.

Much of the information has already been published after being leaked to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

As a result, some MPs have been forced to stand down, others have lost their jobs and many have had to re-pay money.

Wrongdoing denied

The information will be released soon after reports that Tory MP Brian Binley admitted claiming more than £50,000 in expenses to rent a flat from his own company and Labour’s Jim Devine became the fifth MP to be deselected by the party following allegations he charged for work on his home from a non-existent firm.

Both men deny any wrongdoing.

The expenses due to be released are the additional costs allowance, which is meant to reimburse MPs for the costs of staying away from their main home, the incidental expenses provision and the communications allowance.

Travel expenses and additional travel costs have already been published.

All the receipts were being prepared for publication in July after the Commons authorities were ordered to release them by the High Court, under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Committee of Standards in Public Life is holding an inquiry into MPs’ expenses and will recommend changes to allowances rules. </p

This article is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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