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TSC member to step down over claim for “duck island”

Treasury Select Committee member Sir Peter Viggers has been forced to stand down at the next general election after it emerged that he claimed £1,645 for a “duck island” for his garden pond.

Conservative leader David Cameron told Viggers he would be thrown out of the party if he did not resign.

The Tory MP for Gosport claimed £30,000 in total for gardening and was forced to announce his retirement last night.

In a statement, the Conservative Party said: “Sir Peter Viggers has confirmed that he will retire as MP for Gosport at the next election. He will do so at the direct request of David Cameron.”

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