Londonist on Joan Ruddock's expenses

Londonist has been investigating London MPs spending during the recent election campaign and reckon that Joan Ruddock may have exploited a loophole in the system to avoid normal standards of transparency in submitting her expenses claim.

She hasn't submitted receipts and Londonist argues:

Without receipts, we have no evidence beyond the campaign's assurance that they stuck to the spending limit, or that they've accurately accounted for costs that were shared across multiple campaigns...

In Ms Ruddock's case, the Lewisham Deptford Labour Party has paid for and supplied everything bought by the campaign - amounting to £8,100 - and this has been counted as a donation, as required under the rules of notional expenditure. But listing the entire cost of a campaign as notional expenditure is pretty unusual.