Labour deputy leader under fire for claiming £2,000 worth of Apple kit on expenses

Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner claimed over £2,000 worth of brand new Apple equipment on her expenses last year, it has emerged.

The Sun revealed on Monday that Ms Rayner was reimbursed with taxpayers’ cash for a £249 pair of personalised Apple AirPods.

In addition, Ms Rayner claimed for an iPad costing £1,619, a £99 case, a keyboard worth £199, a £131 digital pencil and a £70 office chair.

Many will question how appropriate it is for a senior Labour politicians to be claiming for such purchases when the party is criticising the government’s approach to the Covid-19 pandemic and unemployment has risen sharply during multiple national lockdowns.

Ms Rayner’s spokesman said: “All expenses for the running of Angela’s parliamentary office were submitted in line with the rules.”

John O’Connell, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “No doubt all this spending will be ‘within the rules’.

“But MPs should be asking themselves if it was necessary when millions of Brits may face unemployment.”

MailOnline reported that Ms Rayner claimed an eye-watering £14,390.90 on office expenses between April and August last year.