House of Commons Speaker John Bercow was among three MPs who enjoyed almost £15,000 ($19,491) worth of free tickets and hospitality at this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament. The Buckingham MP received two tickets and hospitality worth £452 from the Association of Tennis Professionals to attend the championships on 7 July.
The 53-year-old was also given the opportunity to rub shoulders with A-list celebrities and sporting stars after being given two tickets from the All England Lawn Tennis Club for the Royal Box on 8 July. The donation was worth £7,790, according to the Commons' register of members' financial interests.
Bercow and his wife Sally watched on as Milos Raonic beat Swiss superstar Roger Federer in a men's singles semi-final. Andy Murray went onto to beat the Canadian in the grand slam final, giving the Scot his second Wimbledon title.
Top Conservative Justine Greening, who was then international development secretary at the time, was also given two tickets in the Royal Box by the All England Lawn Tennis Club Address for 1 July, at a value of £3,640.
Fellow Tory MP Stephen Hammond, who has represented Wimbledon since 2005, was given two tickets and associated hospitality at Wimbledon on 10 July thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The donation was worth £2,400. He also received two tickets for the Royal Box on 1 July from All England Lawn Tennis Club, which came to £498.
Greening and Hammond have been approached for comment. A spokesperson for Bercow said: "It is no secret that Mr Bercow is a tennis fan, and watches matches live whenever he has the opportunity. All such hospitality is declared in full to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, in line with the rules."
The news comes after IBTimes UK discovered horse race love loving MPs were handed £6,000 of freebies for the Aintree and Cheltenham Festival meets and after Boris Johnson and Andy Burnham were among MPs gifted £14,500 of Rugby World Cup tickets and hospitality.