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Penny-pinching Tory MP billed taxpayers £9 after buying Haribo sweets for a children’s competition

A PENNY-pinching Tory MP charged taxpayers £9 after buying Haribo sweets for a children’s competition.

Ex-minister Dame Caroline Dinenage ensured she got all her dosh back after splashing out on packs from Poundland as prizes for local schoolkids.

A receipt obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Parliament expense chiefs signed off payment for a total of nine bags of various Haribo treats.

Dame Caroline, 51, daughter of television legend Fred, 80, made the taxpayer foot the bill for a pack of Strawberry Softies plus two bags each of Starmix, Maoam Stripes, Haribo Twin Snakes and Fruitilicious.

She dished out the state-funded goodies last summer to the winners of her Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bunting Competition, open to primary schools at her constituency in Gosport, Hants.

Dame Caroline said the design contest received more than 1,200 entries, with each winner handed a packet of sweets and a certificate.

She said: “There were so many fantastic designs incorporating Queen Elizabeth II, the Union Jack, corgis, and cups of tea.”

Dame Caroline was a minister from 2015 to 2021, in six different government departments and under three Prime Ministers.

She has been approached for comment.