MP James Gray is preparing to be quizzed by his North Wiltshire constituents on his expenses.

The backbencher, who was the subject of claims in a national newspaper that he had complained about having to pay for Remembrance Day wreaths, has organised three impromptu surgery sessions this Saturday, including one at Malmesbury, to answer questions.

And he will be armed with his receipts.

He said he also wanted to hear how local people think the discredited Parliamentary allowances system should be changed in the wake of the row over MPs’ expenses.

He explained: "We are all acutely aware of the anger which members of the public feel about recent scandals over MPs’ allowances.

"There have been two or three stories in the last two weeks about me, although I think that they are all easily answered."

"However I feel it is right that my constituents should have the opportunity of quizzing me face-to-face on my own allowances and on the general question of how we can reform the system."

Last week he refuted the allegations over the £60 cost of three poppy wreaths and won support from internet commentators who pointed out that military and council representatives at Remembrance Day services did not have to pay for wreaths out of their own pocket. This week it was revealed that two years ago he claimed £2,000 for redecorating the home he shared with his wife Sarah shortly before claiming £5,000 to cover the cost of moving into a new home with his new partner.

The surgeries are at Corsham Town Hall between 9.30am and noon, Wootton Bassett Civic Centre from 1pm to 3pm and Malmesbury Town Hall between 3.30pm and 5pm.

Anyone who wants an appointment should call 020 7219 6237.