How ‘hard-up’ minister Mark Simmonds made £500k on home taxpayer helped buy | Mail Online

How ‘hard-up’ minister Mark Simmonds made £500k on home taxpayer helped buy | Mail Online.

How ‘hard-up’ minister made £500,000 on home taxpayer helped buy before spending profits on £1.25m seven-bedroom mansion with a heated pool in his constituency

  • Mark Simmonds, the MP for Boston and Skegness, resigned on Monday
  • Said income didn’t cover cost of renting Westminster flat for his family
  • But he already owns grade-II listed house with a heated swimming pool
  • He’s claimed more than £1.7m in expenses since becoming MP in 2001
  • Made £500k by selling house on which taxpayer paid mortgage interest
  • MPs said the former Africa minister was talking ‘total nonsense’
  • Scores of luxury flats and family homes available in London for MPs

By John Stevens and Tom Mctague, Mail Online Deputy Political Editor

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