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SNP MP tried to claim for £137 spent on clothes after luggage was lost

An SNP MP tried to claim nearly £137 worth of clothes on expenses after his luggage was lost.

Phil Boswell - who is separately under investigation over spending on office costs and for allegedly failing to register financial interests - filed the claims shortly after he was elected to the Commons last year.

The latest expenses details released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) show the Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP purchased a £59 shirt on May 12 "after luggage lost".

The following day he spent £48 on clothing in Next and £29.95 in TM Lewin.

The watchdog refused to reimburse the claims - listed as "contingency" spending - as they were not allowed under the rules.

The information disclosed by Ipsa covers nearly 30,000 expenses claims by MPs that were processed in October and November.

Parliamentary standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson has been investigating a complaint that Mr Boswell did not properly register his directorship of Boswell and Johnston Ltd.

Ipsa compliance officer Peter Davis is looking into his office costs.

The details released by Ipsa also indicate that Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries claimed accommodation expenses of £1,820 a month between August and November last year, thought to be for rent on a London flat.

In June 2013, while her travel costs were under investigation by Ipsa, the Mid Bedfordshire MP announced that she would no longer claim any personal expenses. She was later ordered to repay £3,000 for travel that the watchdog's compliance officer ruled had been made for family reasons and not exclusively for parliamentary duties .

Ms Dorries told the Bedford Times and Citizen that month: "I'm going to work for free, I have to live in Bedfordshire because it is what my constituents expect from me, but as I sit on and chair committees I have to have accommodation in Westminster."

Writing on her blog the following month Ms Dorries said: "As everyone knows, I have removed myself from the personal expenses system. I shall use my salary to fund my second home in Westminster and my travel and all other personal expenses, which in effect means I shall be working for free."

Former nurse Ms Dorries, who was returned with a 23,000 majority at the general election, has appeared on ITV's I'm A Celebrity and forged a career as a novelist alongside her parliamentary work.

According to the latest register of financial interests, she is receiving £11,000 per month from her publisher.

As a member of the Panel of Chairs, appointed by Speaker John Bercow to assist him with parliamentary duties, she is paid a supplement of up to £15,000 on top of her £74,000 annual MP's salary.


From Belfast Telegraph