A Conservative MP who claimed that MPs could not live on £67,000 a year has put his house on the market and is in line to make £9.5m profit.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, had bought the six-storey, grade II* Listed Georgian house in November 2005 for £7.25m, the Times reported. The home is now listed on upmarket estate agent Hathaways for £16.75m.
A critic of the parliamentary expenses system, Mr Afriyie, who is estimated to be worth upwards of £50 million, courted controversy when he told Newsnight in February 2015 that “you can’t expect an MP to scrabble around on a salary of £67,000”.
"Two thirds of MPs took a pay cut to enter Parliament, that's the system under which we are operating," he added.
Located on Great College street, a mere five minutes’ walk from the Houses of Parliament, the house even boasts views of the Palace of Westminster which are visible from the upstairs windows at the front of the property.
The bronze statue of a naked man by Lorenzo Quinn however, will be moving with the family to the dismay of potential buyers.
According to the Telegraph, Mr Afriyie said that he was selling the property because his wife and five children wanted to move to west London.
Despite this, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) records show that he has not claimed a penny in second home expenses since 2010 when Ipsa’s electronic records began.
The property, which is nearly 8000 sq ft, has a total of eight bedrooms, including a master, a gym and a self-contained flat for staff. Other less common features are a wine cellar and an ambiguously titled gallery.
Mr Afriyie has been approached for comment by The Independent.
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