Scotland politics

SNP MP Phil Boswell pays back expenses after probe

Phil Boswell MP
Image caption Mr Boswell was one of the 56 SNP MPs elected to Westminster in May of last year

Scottish MP Phil Boswell has paid back £555 he claimed in expenses for the making of a video.

The SNP MP was investigated by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) after a complaint from a member of the public.

The issue surrounded a video made by Mr Boswell, which he said was to "keep constituents informed", but which the watchdog said was party-political.

The Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP has repaid the money.

Mr Boswell said: "The videos in question were created to keep constituents informed.

"When I was informed by IPSA that this cost was outwith the scheme of expenses, I immediately took action to repay the full cost. I apologise for this error."

Earlier this year, another watchdog upheld a complaint against Mr Boswell for failing to register interests.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards accepted the MP, elected in 2015, had made a "genuine mistake" when he failed to register his shareholding in a company.

Mr Boswell was also backed by the SNP over his use of a tax avoidance loophole in a previous job.

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