UPDATED: Halifax MP pockets thousands from renting taxpayer-funded second home to another MP - Linda Riordan cancels her surgery this afternoon

Linda Riordan MP for Halifax.
Linda Riordan MP for Halifax.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan is renting out her second home to a fellow Labour MP while claiming thousands in expenses to rent a third property herself.

Mrs Riordan is thought to getting £19,000 a year from the controversial practice.

It is technically permitted under MP guidelines but Mrs Riordan has come under fire from from critics.

She rents out her £400,000 London flat to MP Iain McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie pays her £1,560 a month in rent - £18,720 a year - which he claims back from the taxpayer.

At the same time, Mrs Riordan claims £1,473 a month - £17,676 a year - from the taxpayer for renting a seperate flat in London for herself.

She also has a home in Northowram.

Mrs Riordan was due to hold one of her regular surgeries at Halifax Town Hall this afternoon but it has been cancelled.