Statement on former constituency office in Normanton

A spokesperson for Ed Balls’ constituency office said:

“We are very pleased with the outcome of today’s case.

“We have said all along that there should be no payment of taxpayers’ money that is not justified which is why we contested Mr Sampson’s original claim for £7,739.

“Based upon his obligations in the lease Mr Balls offered to pay £983, primarily for redecoration costs. The court has in fact awarded him less than his offer – £830 plus costs. We are also pleased that the court has confirmed that Mr Sampson will have to pay back £1000 in overpaid rent to the taxpayer within the next fourteen days, as we have been asking him to do for some time.

“It is a pity that this matter had to come to the court, but it was important to protect the taxpayer from unjustified claims, as well as to ensure the overpaid rent was returned.”

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Posted June 17th, 2011 by Ed's team

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