Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY AN­DREW BUCKWELL [email protected]­daymir­

AN MP has been blasted for us­ing tax­payer-funded pre-paid en­velopes and Com­mons notepa­per to send in­vites to his birth­day bash.

Tory An­drew Rosin­dell sent 250 in­vi­ta­tions on the headed pa­per, with about 30 in Par­lia­men­tary en­velopes.

He ar­gued it was not a pri­vate party but a com­mu­nity event at his con­stituency of­fice, named Mar­garet Thatcher House, in Rom­ford, East Lon­don.

But he was or­dered to re­pay £42.86 by the par­lia­men­tary stan­dards com­mis­sioner Kathryn Stone.

It fol­lows crit­i­cism in 2009 for claim­ing £125,000 in sec­ond home ex­penses for a Lon­don flat, while des­ig­nat­ing his boy­hood home 17 miles away as his main ad­dress. He said his work­load meant he needed a base nearer the Com­mons. Ms Stone found Mr Rosin­dell breached the MPs’ code of con­duct over his 53rd birth­day bash in March, which also cel­e­brated St Pa­trick’s day.

He had said: “This was not my pri­vate birth­day party. That was next day with fam­ily and friends in Lon­don.”

He said those in­vited in Rom­ford all rep­re­sented the lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing church, faith and youth groups, char­i­ties and busi­nesses.

But Ms Stone said: “I do not agree this was a com­mu­nity event con­nected with Par­lia­men­tary ac­tiv­ity.” Mr Rosin­dell said: “My apolo­gies to the Stan­dards Com­mit­tee for any breach of rules that may have oc­curred.”

APOL­OGY MP Rosin­dell

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