An MP tried to charge the taxpayer for his pint of milk.

Hove MP Mike Weatherley was refused the refund for the 50 pence pint which he tried to claim on his parliamentary expenses.

The latest records released last night showed Sussex MPs claimed a total of £85,000 in expenses during September and October.

Mr Weatherley put in the claim for 50p for “milk for tea and coffee in the office” on September 6 but was told it was “not claimable under the scheme”.

When questioned about the refused claim Mr Weatherley joked about changes to the new expenses rules introduced to stop MPs abusing their privileges.

Worthing West MP Peter Bottomley also had a claim dismissed.

He asked for £32.99 to be reimbursed for a mobile phone bill, but it was turned down because Ipsa said there was "insufficient evidence" it should be paid.

Lewes MP Norman Baker claimed £14,834, which mostly covered office costs and travel.