Politicians’ expenses claims revealed

The five MSPs who represent the Borders at Holyrood claimed more than £120,000 in expenses in 2013/14.

Figures released by the Scottish Parliament reveal the top claimant of the five was Conservative MSP John Lamont, who received £33,676, to cover his travel, subsistence and accommodation costs.

Mr Lamont, who resides in Coldstream, claimed for 716 separate items, including 34 overnight stays in Edinburgh hotels at a cost of £3,649.

Second in the expenses league table was Lanark-based list MSP Claudia Beamish, who submitted 100 claims worth £27,192.

Lib Dem list MSP Jim Hume came third, having recovered £20,788 from 312 claims.

The returns for Mr Hume, who lives in Newtown, show he had 71 overnight stays in the capital at a total cost of £7,759.

Christine Grahame, SNP member for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, made 320 claims and received £20,018.

Emerging as the least costly local MSP in terms of expenses is Paul Wheelhouse.

His claims of £18,368 for 269 individual items was down more than £4,000 on what he received the previous year.

MSPs, who receive a basic salary of just over £58,000, claimed £12.5million in expenses in 2013/14.