National MP Christopher Luxon hits back at critics of Christians in public life in his maiden statement in Parliament. Taxpayers are paying money towards two of the seven properties in the portfolio of National MP Christopher Luxon, who is among more than a dozen MPs that use Parliamentary accommodation allowances to effectively rent property from themselves. MPs from outside the Wellington region are allowed to claim a capped accommodation allowance to cover their living costs in the city. Most use it to rent flats or hotel rooms, but more than a dozen MPs purchase Wellington accommodation and claim the allowance – meaning they get an allowance from Parliament to cover the cost of living in their own home. Luxon is in good company. His current and former party leaders Judith Collins and Simon Bridges both claim the allowance. As of the most recent register of MPs’ property holdings, both own Wellington accommodation. Andrew Bayly, Jacqui Dean, Barbara Kuriger, Melissa Lee, Ian McKelvie, Mark Mitchell, Simon O'Connor, Stuart Smith, Louise Upston and Michael Woodhouse also claim the allowance whilst owning Wellington accommodation. READ MORE: Parliamentary Service will examine whether MPs should have disclosed Labour electorate deal Election 2020: Labour must declare… Read full this story
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