MSP claims are revealed
Total is down from last year
Rutherglen MSP James Kelly claimed a total of £22,960 in expenses in the year from April 2014 through to March 2015.
His claim is almost on a par with his total of just over £23,000 for the previous year.
The biggest single outlay for the Labour member was almost £17,000 for expenses involved in running his office.
His travel bill came to £ 2912 while his claim for overnight accommodation totalled £290.
MSPs claimed almost £ 12.5million in expenses in 2014-15.
But the total is down £25,238 on last year, latest figures from the Scottish Government show.
Mr Kelly said: “My priority when using these expenses is to make sure I give the best service I can to the public in Rutherlgen and Cambuslang.
“Over the past eight years my office has dealt with almost 8,000 queries.
“And their efforts go to support my work to benefit constituents at the Scottish Parliament.”
The MSP, who was returned at the last election with a majority of 1779, is also mindful that expenses are paid from the public purse.
“I try to do things as cheaply as I can because I am very much aware it is public money we are using to pay out expenses.”
Glasgow MSPs, some of whom have constituencies which cover the Reformer circulation area, claimed almost £300,000 in expenses in the last year.
The 15 MSPs across four parties biggest expense was office costs claiming £164,000 to run operations in constituencies.
James Dornan, who represents Cathcart, had the highest claim of all MSPs.
He claimed £9300 for hotel stays and £1856 for travel costs in a total of £27,524.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has Toryglen as part of her constituency, claimed £15,839 in total.
She clawed back £3444 in hotel costs but had no travel bill.
List member Bob Doris claimed £20,470 in total.
His bill included £10,242 in office costs, £1936 in accommodation outlay and £3598 for travel.
Tory leader Ruth Davidson claimed a modest £17,272 in total – £12,250 of which was for running her office.
She also charged £3670 for accommodation but only £51 for travel.
Greens convener Patrick Harvie’s total bill was £18,673.
He claimed almost £ 6000 in hotel accommodation costs and £2471 for travel.
A Scottish Parliament spokesperson said: “Figures published show a 0.2% decrease on the previous year.
“This is a fall of £25,238.”
I am very much aware it is public money