MPs in north Hampshire have accepted gifts or donations from organisations in the past year, according to the most recent parliamentary Register of Members' Interests. 

A Gazette investigation has shown that one MP accepted tickets to sporting and music events worth hundreds of pounds, while another was given office accommodation worth £19k for staff.

Additionally, Basingstoke’s council leader was wined and dined by two property developers at last month’s Conservative party conference, including by one who has donated more than £500,000 to his party in the last three years.

The gifts were legitimately accepted and declared under parliamentary and BDBC’s rules.

Since April 2020, the basic pay for an MP has been £81,932 per year. On top of this, MPs are allowed to make expense claims for their commute between parliament and their constituency. They also receive heavily discounted food and drink at Parliament, subsidised by public money.

Our investigation looks at what extra gifts and donations MPs for north Hampshire have accepted in the last year.

In the second part of a series of articles, we look at North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse and Basingstoke MP Maria Miller. 

Mr Malthouse, the minister of state for crime and policing, accepted gifts worth hundreds of pounds according to the Register of Members' Interests. 

He enjoyed tickets and hospitality at the Euro semi-final at Wembley on July 7 this year when England beat Denmark in the football competition.

The total value of the tickets and hospitality, courtesy of UEFA, in Switzerland, was estimated as £815.

Mr Malthouse also accepted tickets for two adults and two children to CarFest South, held at Laverstoke Park Farm in August, valued at £470. The MP was given another gift from Laverstoke Park Farm during a visit on June 25, when he was presented with cheese and wine valued at £60.

When asked for a comment, a spokesperson for the MP said: “All processes have been followed, everything has been appropriately registered with the Commons Registrar, and it’s in the public domain.”

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller’s register of interests does not include any gifts, donations, or second jobs.

The Conservative MP only lists that she is a director and trustee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; a trustee of the Belarus Free Theatre; and a member of the Board of Governors of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.