AdamW said:pipme said:30 single free journeys twixt Londinium and constituency per annum.
Ah, you see on this one, the joke's on them... No MPs actually LIVE in their constituency!
I am still trying to fathom how it costs 20p a mile to run a bicycle... Now, assume JP cycles to work one day (don't laugh, it could happen!). What is the distance between Downing Street and Westminster? You can walk it in less than 10 minutes, so about half a mile I reckon.
Assume that he stops off for 4 pies along the way... I am looking for the minimum case here. London prices, say £1.50 for a Ginster's.
That gives us a grand total of £12 per mile to run a bicycle. MINIMUM. That doesn't include replacing buckled wheels, or any small dogs and children he might squash along the way. Nor any costs incurred by punching people (the only thing he has ever done that earned respect from me!).
So I reckon that 20p a mile is very reasonable for an MP to ride a bicycle. Provided they are JP.
Constituency .. just a word, someone with a vested interest has decided it is cheaper to provide 20 journey open ticket ... fom x to London.