Grantham MP Nick Boles comes under fire over expenses claim for language lessons

Nick Boles Grantham MP
Nick Boles Grantham MP
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MP Nick Boles has come under fire again this week, after claiming expenses for Hebrew language lessons.

It has been revealed that the Grantham Conservative MP claimed £678.80 for the lessons - after entering into a civil partnership with Israeli Shay Meshulam last year.

Language lessons are available to MPs where it helps them to do their jobs. Mr Boles told the Journal he is “entitled” to take them and claim back on his expenses.

He said: “Language instruction is a service available to Members of Parliament. I took some Hebrew lessons.”

The MP is one of nine who received free language classes in the 12 months to April.

This is the second time in recent weeks that Journal readers have been angered by Mr Boles’ actions - last month he called for pensioners to be means-tested for benefits such as winter fuels allowances and free bus passes, prompting a flood of furious lettrs and e-mails to the Journal.