Press release

For immediate publication: Monday 28 November 2016

NEW COMMONS FIGURES SHOW MP COMPARISON BETWEEN SALMOND AND BRUCE

It is now official that Alex Salmond has cost less and spoken more in the House of Commons than his predecessor.

The issue came to light after the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA),  the body responsible for Parliamentary expenses, admitted publishing inaccurate figures and apologised to the MPs concerned.

New figures from the House of Commons also demonstrate that MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has a vastly superior record of speaking in the House of Commons to his predecessor, Lord Bruce. He also registered over £40,000 less in parliamentary expenses in his first year as Gordon MP compared to the last year of Lord Bruce. 

In the year after the election Mr Salmond made 331 spoken contributions in the Commons. 

In contrast Lord Bruce, in his last year up to the election, spoke only 57 times.

In terms of parliamentary expenses, Mr Salmond's total for the 2015/16 year for parliamentary staff, office and travel was £172,434.07. 

Lord Bruce, during his final year between 2014/15, had total expenses of £216,737.41, some £44,303 higher than Mr Salmond's total.

A spokesperson for Mr Salmond said: 

"After admitting that they had indeed published wholly incorrect figures, IPSA has now confirmed that SNP MPs cost less than their predecessors. On average the new SNP MPs elected in 2015 cost in expenses an average of £21,000 less than their Labour and Liberal predecessors. In addition, they spoke in their first year in an average of 61 debates compared to 27 for their predecessors.  
"This has been a huge embarrassment for the Labour Party in particular, who had seized on the original figures to attack the SNP. Now they find that SNP MPs cost less and work much harder than their Labour predecessors. 
"In addition, figures from the House of Commons Library show that Mr Salmond has already spoken in Parliament more in the last 18 months than Lord Bruce did in his last entire five year term.  
"The figures, as corrected by IPSA, prove conclusively that the new MP for Gordon, Mr Salmond, continues to put Scotland first and, with his SNP colleagues, is doing a better job than those who they replaced." 

ENDS

Notes for Editors:
 
IPSA expenses figures:

  • SNP MPs’ expenses in 2015/16 totalled: £8,535,513.49. The expenses of non-SNP MPs from Scotland in 2014/15 totalled: £9,676,315.13.
  • The total expenses of SNP MPs in 2015/16 were £1,140,801.64 less than their non-SNP predecessors in 2014/15.
  • SNP MPs cost an average of over £21,000 less than their predecessor.
  • SNP MPs who inherited their seat from Scottish Labour had expenses worth £6,006,407.62 in 2015/16. Their Scottish Labour predecessors had total expenses worth £7,470,491.90 in 2014/15.
  • Scottish Labour MPs therefore cost the taxpayer £1,464,084.28 more than the SNP MPs who succeeded them.

Alex Salmond MP:

  • Alex Salmond MP had total parliamentary staff, office and travel expenses of £172,434.07 in 2015/16.
  • Lord Bruce had total expenses of £216,737.41 in 2014/15, some £44,303 higher than Mr Salmond's total.
  • In 2015/16 Alex Salmond made 331 spoken contributions in the Commons. In 2014/15 Lord Bruce made just 57 spoken contributions.

All figures for MPs expenses provided by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). Contact IPSA press office: 0207811 6462 (office hours) 07792 242736, 07585 853071 (out of hours).

All figures for MPs parliamentary activity taken from Hansard and the House of Commons Library.

House of Commons Hansard record for Mr Alex Salmond MP 2015 - present
https://hansard.parliament.uk/search/MemberContributions?memberId=577&startDate=2015-05-08&type=Spoken&outputType=List

House of Commons Hansard record for Lord Bruce of Bennachie 2010-2015
https://hansard.parliament.uk/search/MemberContributions?memberId=615&startDate=2010-05-08&endDate=2015-03-30&type=Spoken&section=Commons&outputType=List