Labour MP Sarah Champion claims £17 poppy wreath expenses

The BBC is reporting that Labour MP Sarah Champion claimed £17 on parliamentary expenses for the cost of a Remembrance Day poppy wreath.

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, billed the taxpayer for the tribute as “office costs”, describing it as “necessary expenses”.

According to the Mail The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) said MPs were not allowed to make such claims and was seeking repayment from Miss Champion.

Ms Champions e-mail address is

I just sent her a nice letter.

Dear Ms Champion,

Thankfully I am not one of your constituents but I have just read a BBC News article which alleges that you claimed £17 in parliamentary expenses as reimbursement for a remembrance day poppy wreath.

If this story is true and you hold our armed services in such contempt you have no business being a member of parliament. Such a blatant, mean spirited and contemptible act is totally disrespectful of those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.

If you have acted in such a disrespectful way you should not seek re-election in the forthcoming General election. By way of recompense you should make a public apology and a sizeable donation to one of the many armed services charities.

As an armed services veteran I think that your behaviour in this instance is a disgrace and frankly you make me ashamed to be British!

Yours Sincerely
Alan Ewart

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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