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Outgoing Scottish Tory chief Douglas Ross has bills ‘reviewed’ by Parliament watchdog amid claims he ‘charged taxpayers whereas travelling for his job as a soccer linesman’

Parliament’s watchdog is trying into claims about Douglas Ross’s bills, it introduced immediately – a day after his bombshell resignation as Scottish Tory chief.

The Impartial Parliamentary Requirements Authority (IPSA) stated it was ‘presently reviewing’ newspaper allegations about Mr Ross’s bills.

It has been reported that Mr Ross’s advisers flagged issues over 28 journey claims, which can have been mixed along with his different work as a soccer linesman.

The SNP have demanded the senior Conservative clarify the bills intimately and stated the allegations elevate ‘very important points’.

Yesterday, Mr Ross made the shock announcement he would step down as Scottish Tory chief in Holyrood.

It adopted a row over his determination to contest the Aberdeenshire North and Moray East seat on the basic election on 4 July.

Mr Ross additionally confirmed he would give up as a Highlands and Islands MSP if he received the seat.

It has been reported that Douglas Ross’s advisers flagged issues over 28 journey claims, which can have been mixed along with his different work as a soccer linesman

Mr Ross yesterday made the surprise announcement he would step down as Scottish Tory leader in Holyrood

Mr Ross yesterday made the shock announcement he would step down as Scottish Tory chief in Holyrood

Mr Ross pictured speaking to the media today before visiting King's Theatre in Edinburgh

Mr Ross pictured chatting with the media immediately earlier than visiting King’s Theatre in Edinburgh

Beneath UK parliamentary guidelines, MPs can solely declare journey from their dwelling airport – which was both Inverness or Aberdeen in Mr Ross’s case when he was MP for Moray.

They’ll additionally declare for ‘diverted’ journeys, however should provide detailed notes on the diversion.

The Sunday Mail reported Mr Ross’s aides raised alarm in November 2021 over expense claims which included a £58 parking payment at Inverness Airport in July 2018 whereas Parliament was in recess.

It additionally said £43 rail journey from Heathrow to central London was claimed the day after Mr Ross was a linesman in a match in Iceland.

Claims additionally embrace that he expensed a flight from London to Glasgow and £109 parking.

On November 1, 2020 it’s alleged he claimed £48.99 for parking the day he refereed a Celtic sport.

Talking to Sky Information immediately, Mr Ross stated the £58 declare could also be linked to a Home of Commons go to by a Boys’ Brigade group from Buckie.

He added: ‘All the claims are in keeping with my parliamentary duties.’

However Mr Ross refused to be drawn on whether or not he would pull out of the overall election contest if IPSA finds he has damaged guidelines.

‘I’ll wait to listen to from the unbiased physique and reply any questions, if they’ve any questions,’ he stated.

Mr Ross beforehand instructed the Sunday Mail it was ‘not doable’ to go from London to a soccer sport as he wouldn’t have had his referee package with him.

He stated: ‘I’ve solely ever claimed bills associated to my position as a member of Parliament and the prices of getting me to and from Westminster.

‘These have all been agreed by IPSA, the unbiased physique that oversees MPs’ bills, however I’d don’t have any difficulty with them being scrutinised once more.’

A spokesperson for IPSA stated immediately: ‘We’re presently reviewing the knowledge that has appeared in a variety of articles over the weekend.

‘If there may be proof of any guidelines throughout the Scheme being damaged, we are going to work with the previous MP to make clear the state of affairs.

‘Whether it is mandatory, we’re additionally in a position to refer issues to the Compliance Officer for IPSA for investigation.’

Mr Ross introduced his resignation as Scottish Tory chief following a row over his determination to contest the Aberdeenshire North and Moray East seat.

It stemmed from the deselection of former Scotland Workplace minister David Duguid who was instructed by the occasion’s administration board he couldn’t stand on account of in poor health well being, with Mr Ross stepping in.

The outgoing Scottish Tory chief this morning denied that his fellow Conservative MSPs requested him to resign.

Talking on BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Ross was requested if his colleagues requested him to step down. He replied: ‘No they didn’t.’

He added: ‘I’ve listened to issues from colleagues that they wished the chief of the Scottish Conservatives to be primarily based in Holyrood.

‘I feel it’s proper that I replicate on what colleagues and others have stated and announce that this will likely be my remaining marketing campaign as chief of the occasion.’

When requested whether or not he had ‘massively misjudged’ how his colleagues would react to him contesting a Westminster seat – after beforehand stating he wouldn’t search election to concentrate on his Holyrood and management duties – he stated: ‘I feel it’s honest to say that I’ve listened to their issues.’

Mr Ross additionally rejected a suggestion that he was solely stepping down from Holyrood if he received the Westminster seat as a ‘job insurance coverage scheme’. He replied: ‘No, it isn’t.’

And when put to him that it could possibly be perceived as placing Westminster earlier than Holyrood, he stated: ‘I’m completely not saying that.’

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