David Cameron, the Tory leader, has repaid a £680 bill for repairs to his constituency home which included clearing wisteria from his chimney.
Mr Cameron claimed more than £80,000 in additional costs for his second home in Oxfordshire between 2004 and 2008. Almost all of the money was to pay mortgage interest repayments of £1,176 a month on the stone-built cottage, but in Nov 2006 he submitted a £680 receipt for repairs.
The work included clearing wisteria and vines from a chimney, replacing outside lights and resealing his conservatory roof. The odd jobs included repairing cisterns, washers and a leaky washing machine. Mr Cameron also reclaimed the council tax on the home near Chipping Norton, and his utility bills, house insurance and oil heating costs.