Hull's Karl Turner defends MPs' right to first-class train travel after George Osborne row
Hull MP Karl Turner has defended the use of first-class train tickets by politicians in the wake of a row involving Chancellor George Osborne.
Mr Osborne was forced to pay £190 for an upgrade after sitting in first class on a train to London with a standard-class ticket.
It then emerged more than a quarter of MPs had charged first-class rail travel to the taxpayer over the past year.
But the Hull East MP defended his colleagues, arguing MPs "are allowed to travel first-class but rarely do".
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The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), which has regulated MPs' expenses since the 2009 scandal, has curbed first-class travel.
Ipsa, however, still permits MPs to buy first-class tickets when they are cheaper than a standard open ticket.
Mr Turner tweeted: "On occasion it is actually cheaper to purchase first-class for particular journey than standard. Strange but true."
In another tweet, he said: "MPs are nervous about expenses claims. Understandable given MP expenses scandal."