PTP. please feel free to merge this with the Home Secretary thread currently on lock down for editing. I have spent a little bit of time reading through the Green Book for MPs expenses. See below for some of the points raised by this authoritive document, which I believe, our Right Honourable may have difficulty convincing an unbiased committee on: If this statement is to be taken as a matter of fact, then the Home Secretary clearly has misled members, as the home she spends the most nights at, is in fact her Redditch home. â..........normally be the one where you spend more nights than any other.â This is the problem statement, but perhaps the Department of Finance and Administration can provide a clear reference if this is: a. During a normal Parliamentary week. b. Accumulative throughout the year. Judging by the argument raised in the recent controversy surrounding Balls and Cooper, it would seem to be accumulative. Looking at the House of Commons 2008-2009 calendar, sitting days for the year total as follows: 128 days Parliament sitting days if attending ALL sessions. Recess Dates as follows: Christmas 18 December 2008- 12 January 2009 Half Term 12 February 2009- 23 February 2009 Easter 2 April 2009- 20 April 2009 Whitsun 21 May 2009- 1 June 2009 Summer 21 July 2009- 12 October 2009 147 days spent in Parliamentary recess plus days when Parliament is not sitting totals 77 days equating to 214 days she will not be at Westminster. 30 days are missing as the calendar has omitted Nov 2009. Needless to say, I believe this simple calendar calculation dispels any notion of Smiths' idea that she spends the majority of her time in her sisters house. See below for the link to the Commons sitting days. Parliamentary Calendar Link What does seem apparent is whether or not the principles of ACA have been adhered to: I highlight point 3.3.1 as her claim IMO is not beyond reproach, and neither does claiming maximum ACA constitute value for money for the taxpayer. Either I have misinterpreted 3.3.3 but it states leased accommodation should not be used if it is leased from a partner or family member. I would have thought that a sister would be regarded as a family member.