Marsha De Cordova submitted the claim under “office costs” with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the watchdog for MPs’ expenses. The 43-year-old is the shadow minister for disabled people and a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn. The expense claim, which was logged in November last year, has come to light as the country prepares to honour the fallen men and women by falling silent at 11am on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
The MP for Battersea issued an apology and insisted it was an “administrative error”.
Tory MP Bob Stewart hit out at Ms De Cordova, saying her decision to claim back the money for the wreath was “wrong”.
The Beckenham MP is a former British Army Officer who served as Commander of United Nations troop sin Bosnia during the war in the early 1990s.
He told the Sun: “It was totally wrong of her to claim for a poppy wreath.
Labour frontbencher Marsha De Cordova apologised for claiming £17 for a poppy wreath (Image: GETTY)
Ms De Cordova apologised and put the matter down to an 'administrative error' (Image: GETTY)
“Remembrance Sunday is about remembering those who have fallen in battle for whatever country they fought for as young men and women.
“It is wrong to claim for a wreath to commemorate.”
Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded British troops in Afghanistan, said MPs should not underestimate the importance and significance of the poppy and pay for tributes “rather than making the taxpayer fork out”.
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