MPs Ann and Alan Keen have claimed £40,000 for central London flat while their 'main home' in Brentford has been left empty.
The couple's constituency house – which is designated as the one they spend most time in – has fallen into disrepair over the last year during a dispute with builders and Mr Keen admitted they no longer sleep there at all.
The back of the property in Brook Road South is boarded up, the garden and hallway are piled high with building materials and neighbours say they have not seen the MPs for months.
Mr Keen, who represents Feltham and Heston, and Mrs Keen, a junior health minister who represents Brentford and Isleworth, have been dubbed 'Mr and Mrs Expenses' by the media for their claims which have totalled £213,000 since 2002.
They have been criticised for claiming almost £140,000 over four years on a £650,000 Thameside flat in Waterloo just 10 miles from their home in Brentford but, now it has emerged they are living full time in their 'second home', constituents and opponents are furious.
Jo Davidson, a fifty-year-old nurse, who lives opposite the Brentford home, said: “No one has seen them at all. They haven’t been there for the last year and we are all frustrated at what they’ve been doing. Everyone on the road calls them ‘Mr and Mrs Expenses’ and I think they should resign.”
Cllr Mark Bowen, who will stand against Mr Keen for the Conservatives at the next election, added: “I sympathise with anybody that has problems with builders but no resident would be able to benefit from this flexibility that they are able to. There is outrage already that they claim for a second property and this just makes things worse.”
Mr Keen has said the couple need the flat in central London as they work long hours during the week. But now they are not returning to their 'main home' at weekends, taxpayers are subsidising them to live full time in their Waterloo apartment block – which boasts its own swimming pool, hot tub, gym complex and 24-hour concierge.
Mr Keen told the Chronicle that they had not broken any rules as the arrangement had been agreed by the House of Commons fees office.
“These are pretty exceptional circumstances which have been reported to the Commons authorities,” he added. "The House of Commons authorities and the fees office are extremely strict with the rules and the public can have their minds set at that.”