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Ex MP Michael McCann Expenses
Former East Kilbride MP Michael McCann claimed £194,122.88 in business costs and expenses this year.
The latest figures for MPs expenses have been published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) and Mr McCann’s expenses increased from £190,935.73 in 2013/14.
Mr McCann, who was ousted from his East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow seat in the General Election in May along with all but one of his Labour counterparts in Scotland, was among the top 20 most expensive MPs.
Staffing proved to be his biggest cost at £132,726.10.
Mr McCann’s wife, Tracy, was on his payroll while he was serving as an MP. She was employed as his office manager.
Travel made up £22,997.95 of his business costs and expenses – £16,405.54 of which was made up of air travel with his flights between Scotland and London averaging more than £400 return.
Mr McCann claimed for multiple journeys between Glasgow Airport and his home in East Kilbride in his own car. He claimed £182.70 for a car journey between Westminister and his home last June. Last August he claimed £168.30 for a car journey between East Kilbride and County Durham. Mr McCann claimed for travelling on the London Underground for amounts as little as £2 per journey. His claims for journeys on the underground came to £197.20.
His claims for taxi journeys came to £1691.40, which included taxi journeys from Glasgow Airport to his East Kilbride home and vice-versa, averaging £25.
Taxis for his staff came to £181.
He claimed three return trips from Heathrow to Paddington by rail at a cost of £34 per trip after being recalled to Parliament.
Mr McCann put in three claims for London congestion/toll charges between June 22 and 25 last year for between £4.80 and £11.50.
Parking made up £374.09 of Mr McCann’s business costs and expenses with the most expensive being a £67.40 bill for parking at Glasgow Airport on April 27 last year.
Meanwhile, his office costs accounted for £19,439.46 including £439.12 for two toners for the printer in his House of Commons office in January of this year.
Mr McCann also claimed £1149 for a new Apple Mac computer, for his Commons office, in April of last year.
And he claimed £796 for four chairs for constituency office meeting room last April.
Accommodation made up £18,959.57 of his expenses for 2014/15, with £17,563 claimed for rent. The last payment for rent of £860.64 was made in March of this year. In previous months Mr McCann claimed for payments of £1516.66.
He also claimed council tax for his London flat of £676.74 from April 1, 2014, to March 31 and £145.50 for a TV licence in August of last year.
A claim of £1800 for an advertising billboard for his contact details for two weeks was also included in his expenses and he spent £144 on newspapers.
Tom Greatrix, the former MP for the neighbouring Rutherglen and Hamilton West, claimed £157,184.42.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Of course MPs need the resources to run their offices, but they have a responsibility to deliver value for taxpayers’ money they’re spending.
“The publication of all claims plays an essential part in enabling constituents to scrutinise what their elected representatives are doing.”