Suffolk: Extent of MP’s free London 2012 tickets is revealed

Therese Coffey with Michael Prescott from BT

Therese Coffey with Michael Prescott from BT - Credit: Archant

THE full extent of free tickets Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey received to attend the London Olympics has been revealed.

Dr Coffey, who was an Olympic ambassador for the Government, visited the water polo with a £30 ticket from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

She also declared hospitality costs of £350 from DCMS because of her ambassadorial role, listed as covering approximately five hours.

Dr Coffey’s parliamentary office said it appeared she was the only MP to declare her attendance at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, but there were others there.

They added the 100m final did not need to be declared on the MPs’ register as it was “under the limit”.

MPs are required to register gifts, benefits and hospitality valued at more than 1% of their annual parliamentary salary, which equates to £660, from the same source in the course of a calendar year.

Dr Coffey declined to comment further on the tickets.

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In total, the Government purchased 8,641 tickets for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games at a cost of £1.17m.

There were 10.99 million tickets sold for both competitions.

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