I agree with most commentators and probably all candidates that the £10,000 Communication Allowance given to MP's from the Taxpayer's purse is nothing more than a free re-election gift to the campaign coffers. Having done some research I came up with the above graphic for the constituencies around Ceredigion.
Plaid Cymru MP's are pretty prudent with this allowance but it must be Liberal Democrat policy to spend this allowance to its utmost. It would be churlish of me to omit a reference that Plaid MP's did get into a little bit of trouble with it just before the Assembly elections in 2007. Its the totals I am concerned with here.
In the USA the generous communication and other allowances given to Senators make it virtually impossible to shift the said representatives. It is undemocratic if we allow the same situation to develop here in the UK Parliament, by the way no such allowance exists in the Assembly.
If elected as the MP for Ceredigion I would not use this Allowance, I don't believe in it.