Taxpayers buy washing machine for flat where John Bercow's NANNY lives

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Taxpayers have footed a £490 bill for a new washing machine to go in the flat where Speaker John Bercow's nanny lives.

The public purse also paid for a Christmas tree in Mr Bercow's grace-and-favour residence at Parliament, according to details released to MailOnline under freedom of information rules.

Another £1,000 has been spent on fixing doors in the opulent home where the Bercow family has lived for the past decade.

The costs of maintenance at the Speaker's residence over the past 16 months were disclosed by the House authorities in response to an FOI request. 

Unusually, Mr Bercow's spokeswoman refused to give any comment or explain the spending beyond what was put out by House officials. 

Mr Bercow - who has announced he is standing down on October 31 amid Tory fury at his handling of Brexit - has lived in Speaker's House with wife Sally and their three children since 2009.

A spokeswoman for John Bercow (pictured in the Commons this week) refused to give any comment or explain the spending beyond what was put out by House officials

A spokeswoman for John Bercow (pictured in the Commons this week) refused to give any comment or explain the spending beyond what was put out by House officials

According to the FOI response, a firm was paid £490.78 in February this year to replace a 'redundant' washing machine in the nanny's flat (invoice pictured)

According to the FOI response, a firm was paid £490.78 in February this year to replace a 'redundant' washing machine in the nanny's flat (invoice pictured)

Whereas the PM pays a tax charge for their apartment in Downing Street, Mr Bercow - who is the best paid politician in the country, earning more than £150,000 a year - is not thought to contribute a penny in rent or running costs. 

The tennis and football-mad MP has notoriously claimed more than £100 a month for a Sky subscription, including a sports package.

A nanny has also lived in a self-contained flat at the residence - raising questions about whether the taxpayer was subsidising the family's childcare. 

The Speaker's spokeswoman refused to confirm whether the nanny still lives there, although a senior Commons source told MailOnline they do.  

Speaker's opulent residence funded by the taxpayer

John Bercow pictured in his apartment at Speaker's House

John Bercow pictured in his apartment at Speaker's House 

John Bercow has lived in the grace-and-favour residence in Speaker's House with wife Sally and their three children since 2009.

Whereas the PM pays a tax charge for

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