A Conservative Midland MP claimed nearly £6,000 in expenses to heat his £1 million second home, new figures have revealed.

Nadhim Zahawi made a £5,822 claim for oil and electricity at his 31-acre constituency estate in Stratford-on-Avon.

The bill is more than four times the national average household cost for energy.

Mr Zahawi topped a list of 340 MPs claiming fuel expenses between April 2012 and March 2013.

The taxpayer was forced to pay out more than £200,000 to power politicians’ homes in the 12- month period.

The Stratford MP, who also owns a £5 million London home, claimed £4,557 for electricity and £1,265 for heating oil.

Other local politicians claiming for energy bills were Labour’s Jack Dromey, of Erdington, who recouped £1,520, while Tory Michael Fabricant, member for Lichfield, claimed £1,210 for his gas and electricity.

Jack Dromey
Jack Dromey
 

Edgbaston’s Gisela Stuart billed £920, while Andrew Mitchell of Sutton Coldfield claimed £854 and Labour’s Liam Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill, claimed back £234.

Utility claims do not break Parliamentary rules which allow politicians to claim up to £20,100 in expenses for their second homes, including heating and lighting costs.

But some local politicians did not take advantage of the energy allowances for their constituency homes.

Labour MPs Roger Godsiff (Hall Green), Shabana Mahmood (Ladywood), Richard Burden (Northfield), Khalid Mahmood (Perry Barr) and Tom Watson (West Bromwich) all made no claims. Lib Dems John Hemming (Yardley) and Solihull’s Lorely Burt also paid their own way.

The figures were laid out in documents from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Clare Welton, of Fuel Poverty Action, said: “When the Government’s only response to millions of people not being able to afford their fuel bills is to tell us to change supplier or wear a jumper, it is outrageous to see MPs claiming hefty amounts of taxpayer money to pay for their own bills.”