Chris Huhne’s £46k taxi fare

huhne taxi

Is that fare Chris?

Chris Huhne, Eastleigh’s under fire MP who is also the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, spent over £46,000 between May to September last year on taxis and private hire cars.

In a written Parliamentary question entitled ‘Departmental taxis’ Maria Eagle, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary asked Mr Huhne how much money had been spent by his department on private hire vehicles since he had taken over the department.

The total bill for the department over the five month period was £176,760 shared as follows:

Chris Huhne – £46,194

Gregory Barker- £47,650

Charles Hendry-£48,895

Lord Marland-£34,021

The total cost of transport works to £35,000 a month.

During the last year of the Labour government the cost of ministerial transport at the department of Climate Change came to £303,129 – or £25,000 a month.

Chris Huhne had axed the department’s four ministerial cars soon after taking office.

One Eastleigh voter, 54, who did not wish to be named, reacted angrily to the news:

“When I spoke to him earlier in the year Mr Huhne told me he had got rid of his ministerial car – I thought he meant that he was now cycling, and I thought ‘good on you Chris’… I didn’t realise he was taking a bloody taxi

Comedienne Charmian Hughes, who knew Chris Huhne when he was a Student, has recently recalled how he used to own and drive a London taxi cab which he once drove all the way to Turkey.

  5 comments for “Chris Huhne’s £46k taxi fare

  1. Derrick Bird
    June 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Taxi For Mr Huhne!

  2. June 2, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I to was of the understanding that Mr Huhne had done away with cars in a bid to reduce cost and excessive use of transport. These figures are shocking..!!

  3. Andy Lombardi
    June 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I to was of the understanding that Mr Huhne had done away with cars in a bid to reduce cost and excessive use of transport. These figures are shocking..!!

    I think many of the Eastleigh Electorate have ‘misunderstood’ this fellow.

    There’s not many who’ll do the same again though!

    Karma will, inexorably, come around.

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    June 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Hello. Looks like we beat Daily mail to story by 3 days!
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  5. June 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Why are people so surprised , we all know by now politicians say one thing but practice another, It would seem that the problems of fuel pollution only apply to the working class or is our fuel dirtier than theirs?. I would suggest that all politicians as part of their training to take on such a responsible job should be obliged to do a full years work in a low paid position and use public transport to do so . it would be interesting to see how many apply for the position.

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