A Tory MP has been living on his yacht when he comes to London for parliamentary meetings as a way to avoid the capital’s soaring housing costs.
Plymouth Moor View’s Johnny Mercer said he made the decision to sail up for meetings and dock in Canada Water as a way to avoid billing the taxpayer thousands in living expenses.
MPs with two children who live outside London can claim £25,000 a year, almost the average British salary, to rent a second home near Westminster.
But the dad-of-two, felt that was unfair when he could bring his boat Pippa instead which costs £2,400 per year.
The former captain, who won his seat from Labour at the last election, was shocked by London prices when he rented a hotel room while looking for a permanent place in the capital.
He told the Western Morning News : “I just thought it was an obscene amount of money for two or three nights a week and I wasn’t prepared to spend that. I didn’t really like the idea of having a second home in London. I quite like having my own family space.
“I looked into how much it was going to be to bring my boat up. It was pretty cheap, around £1,200 for six months. I thought that would save a bit of money on expenses.”
He admitted his colleagues “don’t really understand”.