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Expenses row minister David Mundell admits mistake

David Mundell
Image caption Mr Mundell has been questioned by police over his election expenses

A UK government minister at the centre of a probe over election expenses has said there were "mistakes" in his returns.

Scotland Office minister David Mundell was quizzed by police after a member of the public alleged he broke the rules.

The Tory Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP told BBC Scotland's Politics Show he was following the proper process.

Mr Mundell has put the situation down to "human error".

The minister, who referred the matter to the Electoral Commission watchdog himself, told the BBC: "I'm going through a proper process.

"I've accepted that there were mistakes in the returns that we made after the general election and that process is under way."

Mr Mundell, whose department is responsible for running Scottish Parliament elections, said his focus was on making sure there is no repeat of the 2007 Holyrood polls debacle, where more than 140,000 votes were spoiled amid confusion over a new ballot paper.

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