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Allowancegate: Salmond's £130k Westminster claim

Scottish First Minister was at the Hosue of Commons six times and voted 18 times since he took up his job in May. Yet Mr Salmond has claimed £130,364.33 in expenses since April last year. Mr Salmond is also the MP for Banff and Buchan.


The figures show that Mr Salmond claimed £13,988.98 renting a flat and £84,664.94 for staff. Incidental expenses were £18,591.34, and travel expenses £1,480.80. He claimed £2,221.84 under the communication allowance. £1,017.37 for stationery, £4,768.25 for postage and £1,255.46 for computing.


Based on his six visits, his overnight stays cost the public £2,333 a night. A standard room in the Ritz would have been eight times less expensive!


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