In the latest blow to Gordon Brown's beleaguered leadership, the British prime minister is being forced to repay over 12,000 pounds ($19,000) in disputed claims following an audit into how British lawmakers spent public money.
Dozens of lawmakers received letters Monday from Thomas Legg - who Brown appointed to audit expense claims - asking them to repay the money or offer further explanations for why they claimed it. Legg was chosen to rewrite the spending rules in an effort to quell public outrage over lawmakers' greed for taxpayer funds.
Brown's office confirmed Monday that he will pay back some money claimed for a maid and for decorating, but said Legg had told Brown he had not broken any rules.
"Mr. Brown will pay in full," his office said.
Brown has urged all lawmakers to repay the excessive claims identified by Legg.
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