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MP repays mortgage expense error
Elliot Morley said he felt "terrible" about the mistake
A former environment minister has admitted claiming Â£16,000 on expenses for a mortgage that did not exist.
Labour MP Elliot Morley claimed Â£800 per month for a property in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, when the mortgage had already been paid.
Mr Morley told the BBC he repaid the money upon realising he had mistakenly continued claiming for his mortgage payments after it was repaid in 2006.
It is the latest in a string of Daily Telegraph revelations on MPs' expenses.
Mr Morley told the BBC the mistake was entirely his fault, that he "should have kept a tighter rein" and that he felt terrible about the situation.
He repaid the sum after seeing the receipts two weeks ago.
It is important that we publish these expenses ourselves, as a first step to meeting our constituents' anger on these issues
Tony Lloyd MP
Parliamentary Labour Party chairman Tony Lloyd has written to all the party's MPs, urging them to publish their expenses themselves instead of waiting for House of Commons authorities to release them.
After details of expense claims were leaked to the Telegraph, the House of Commons Commission said it would bring forward its official publication from the scheduled date in July.
But Mr Lloyd wrote: "It is very important that we each seek to put our expenses into the public domain as a matter of urgency."
The Manchester Central MP said he would be releasing the details of his expenses to a local newspaper on Monday.
"It is important that we publish these expenses ourselves, as a first step to meeting our constituents' anger on these issues," he added.
A string of MPs from all the main parties have agreed to pay back some of their expenses claims.
Health minister Phil Hope said on Wednesday he would repay Â£41,709 he spent on refurbishing and furnishing a two-bedroom flat in south London.
He said negative coverage about his claims had been a "massive blow" to him and his family and reduced the standing in which he was held by his constituents.
Communities Secretary Hazel Blears is to pay Â£13,332 in respect of capital gains tax on the sale of her second home, while Labour colleague for Luton, Margaret Moran, is to pay back Â£22,500 she spent on treating dry rot at a property in Southampton.
A string of Tories also agreed to pay back thousands of pounds for claims including home improvements, furniture and work on a tennis court, after party leader David Cameron threatened them with the sack.
On Wednesday, Mr Cameron clashed with Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the Commons over the need for reform.
Mr Brown has said all MPs' receipts for expenses claimed over four years must be independently scrutinised.
But Mr Cameron said simply looking at whether past rules were obeyed would not restore trust.
Meanwhile, pressure continues to mount on Commons Speaker Michael Martin over his handling of the furore.
Conservative Douglas Carswell is to table a motion of no-confidence in Mr Martin, with several Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs agreeing to back him.