Nearly half-a-million claimed by local MPs

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EXPENSES totting up to £488,000 have been claimed by MPs representing parts of East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and North/East Glasgow.

The latest figures for 2010/11 have been published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. The authority was set up following the 2009 expenses scandal that rocked Westminster.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson claimed a total of £119,168.28 in expenses for the 2010/11 period.

The majority, more than £87,000, went on staffing, while more than £13,000 was spent on the MP’s constituency office and administration costs.

She also spent £12,354.47 on accommodation and £5,858.67 on travel and subsistence.

Meanwhile, Gregg McClymont, MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, claimed a total of £122,312.73 in expenses.

More than £83,000 of that went on staffing costs, with nearly £15,000 spent on his consituency office and admin. He claimed back a total of £8,501.49 for accommodation and £15,183.17 for travel and subsistence.

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP Tom Clarke claimed £119,040.42 in total, including staffing costs of around £81,000 and office and administration costs of around £12,000. He claimed £12,004.74 for accommodation and £13,549.46 for travel and subsistence.

Glasgow North East MP Willie Bain claimed a total of £127,709.99, with staffing costs of around £93,000, admin and office costs of around £13,000, travel and subsistence expenses of £12,951.66 and accommodation costs of £7,595.

The figures place all four Members of Parliament in the middle of the expenses table for Scottish MPs - who traditionally claim more due to the higher travel costs of shuttling between their constituencies and Westminster.