Fer­rier’s £43,000 ex­penses claim

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier claimed £43,237.09 in ex­penses dur­ing the last fi­nan­cial year.

Fig­ures re­leased by the In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Author­ity show she claimed £9860 in Lon­don ac­com­mo­da­tion costs and £394.80 on staff Lon­don ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion costs,

She claimed £ 1045.34 for a com­puter and £1.50 for a news­pa­per, as well as £8891.92 on air travel.

Ms Fer­rier said: “All ex­pense claims are made within the rules set out by the In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Author­ity.

“I am mind­ful when money is spent that I have a duty to en­sure value for money for the tax­payer.

“Any­thing claimed as ex­penses is in or­der for me to carry out my job as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and run an of­fice, and there is no per­sonal gain.

“I un­der­stand the pub­lic in­ter­est in MP ex­penses, given the scan­dals of the past, and am glad that my con­stituents are able to vet mine in such a trans­par­ent man­ner.”

Stu­art McDon­ald, who is MP for King’s Park, Castlemilk and Croft­foot claimed £ 83,442 in 2015/ 16. Over £27,000 of that was in travel costs.

Ali­son Thewliss MP, whose con­stituency cov­ers To­ry­glen, claimed £ 61,443 through­out the fi­nan­cial year.

Ms Fer­rier made the low­est claim to­tal in South La­nark­shire ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures.

La­nark and Hamil­ton East MP An­gela Craw­ley claimed £52,398.70.

East Kil­bride Strathaven and Les­ma­hagow MP Lisa Cameron and Dum­fries- shire, Cly­des­dale and Tweed­dale MP David Mun­dell claimed a to­tal of £ 64,886.93 and £60,370.23 re­spec­tively.

The In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Author­ity was set up fol­low­ing the MPs ex­penses scan­dal of 2009.

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