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Andrew Mackay resigns as David Cameron's adviser over unreasonable expenses claims

Andrew Mackay 11am update: The Telegraph was yet to publish any details about the claims by Andrew Mackay and Julie Kirkbride, but the paper is now reporting:

Mr MacKay, who is married to Bromsgrove Tory MP Julie Kirkbride, claimed the full second-home allowance for interest on their joint mortgage for a London home until April this year.

But at the same time his wife also claimed the full annual sum for mortgage interest on a constituency home - meaning they appeared to have two second homes but no main home.


10.55am update: David Cameron has just made a brief statement to Sky News during a visit it Taunton in which he said that an examination of Mr Mackay's claims revealed "a state of affairs that was not reasonable or acceptable" and that he resigned from David Cameron's team immediately.


Just published by the Press Association:

Andrew MacKay has resigned as Conservative leader David Cameron's Commons aide over "unacceptable" expenses claims, the party has announced.

The MP voluntarily submitted his claims to party officials.

A spokesman for Mr Cameron said: "That examination of Mr MacKay's past allowances revealed an unacceptable situation that would not stand up to reasonable public scrutiny."

And he added: "Although Mr MacKay maintains that those arrangements were agreed by the Fees Office, he resigned with immediate effect.

"Mr MacKay has also agreed to appear in front of the scrutiny panel to discuss how much of the allowance should be paid back."

Mr Mackay has until today held the title "senior parliamentary adviser" to David Cameron and is married to fellow MP, Julie Kirkbride.

Jonathan Isaby


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