Clegg forced to repay gardening money

By Ian Dunt

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has been ordered to pay back expenses claims made for gardening.

Mr Clegg learnt he had to pay the money back after receiving a letter form Sir Thomas Legg this afternoon.

Mr Clegg wrote back: “Dear Sir Thomas,

“Thank you for your letter dated 12 October which I received this afternoon.

“I note that you recommend that I make a repayment of £910 for gardening costs.

“On your advice I have made this repayment to the Department of Finance and Administration today.”

Mr Clegg is one of hundreds of MPs receiving a letter today, although the number of MPs being forced to pay back money is still not clear.

Responses from other MPs – including prime minister Gordon Brown, who also received a letter – have not yet been made public.