Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Scottish MPs - pay back figures so far

Over the course of yesterday we were able to contact about 30 out of the 59 Scottish MPs to find out what Sir Thomas Legg had asked of them and to gauge their response. The list is reproduced below but bear in mind this is only about half of the Scottish cohort and that one or two were not willing to discuss details until they had responded to Sir Thomas.

UPDATE: Some newspapers are reporting that two Scottish MPs are being asked for "possible pay backs" of up to £30,000. We were in contact with one of them yesterday but no details were forthcoming. Without confirmation we can't reasonably publish.

Danny Alexander, LD, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey - repaying £125 claimed for mortgage advice and responding to queries about household bills.

Gordon Banks, Ochil and South Perthshire - no repayment. Asked for more details on mortgage payments.

Anne Begg, Lab, Aberdeen South - cleared.

Malcolm Bruce, Liberal Democrat, Gordon - challenging demand for repayment of around £300,responding to queries including claim for £3,150 blinds for London home

Des Browne, Labour, Kilmarnock and Loudoun - nothing to repay. Responding to queries on furniture bought in Scotland for London flat and mortgage interest charges.

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, Lab, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath - repayment of £12,400 including cleaning costs.

Alistair Carmichael, LD, Orkney and Shetland - queries involving inaccuracies in mortgage payment he neither claimed nor made.

Tom Clarke, Labour Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill - all clear.

Alistair Darling, Edinbrugh South West - repaying £554 on furniture and clarifying mortgage interest payments.

Jim Devine, Labour, Livingston - all clear, but debarred by Labour over office expenses.

Frank Doran, Lab, Aberdeen North- responding to queries about an amount of around £200.

Brian Donohoe, Labour, Ayrshire Central - no repayments, clarification on mortgage payments.

Tom Harris, Glasgow South - all clear.

Stewart Hosie, SNP, Dundee East - repaying £379 for hotel costs when his flat flooded. Should have claimed from his insurance

Charles Kennedy, Liberal Democrat, Ross, Skye and Lochaber - providing clarification on a number of points.

Angus MacNeil, SNP, Western Isles - repaying partial council tax bill of £133. Challenging demand to repay Glasgow hotel bills to travel to constituency previously agreed with Commons authorities

John Mason, SNP, Glasgow East - no expenses for period.

David Mundell, Conservative, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale - no repayments. Clarification on mortgage required

Jim McGovern, Labour, Dundee West - no letter received yet.

Anne McGuire, Labour, Stirling - responding to query about year’s rental records which Fees Office lost.

Rosemary McKenna, Labour, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East - waiting for end of three week process before commenting.

Anne Moffat, Labour, East Lothian - asked for clarification on undetailed expenses.

Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat, Argyll and Bute - cleared

Angus Robertson, SNP, Moray, repaying £1,217 for a sofa-bed and DVD recorder, providing rental and mortgage statements.

Alex Salmond, First Minister, SNP, Banff and Buchan - repaying £710.88 removal costs and replying to queries about hotels costs of £2,610 while rented London flat was unfurnished.

Mohammad Sarwar, Glasgow Central - clarification on a £235 bill and mortgage repayment requested

Sir Robert Smith, Liberal Democrat , West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine - responding to unspecified queries.

Gavin Strang, Lab, Edinburgh East - letter not arrived

Jo Swinson, LD, East Dunbartonshire - asked for clarification on mortgage/rental agreements.

John Thurso, Liberal Democrat, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ros - responding to one query on a council tax payment for less than £500.

Mike Weir, SNP, Angus - supplying copy of rental agreement for his London flat.

Pete Wishart, SNP, Perth and North Perthshire - repaying £1,632 for a duplicate claim for flat rental and a utility bill.

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