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I suppose this is vaguely relevant.

Scotsman: MSP owns five homes in Edinburgh but claims £13,000 for hotel stays.

A LIBERAL Democrat MSP has come under fire for claiming thousands of pounds for hotel stays in Edinburgh.

Jim Hume charged taxpayers £13,000 for overnight accommodation - despite owning five flats in the capital.

The South of Scotland MSP - who is paid £75,000 a year for his roles at Holyrood and as a councillor in Galashiels - has seven properties, including two outside the city. His properties include a flat on the Royal Mile, not far from the parliament building.

The properties, which are owned jointly with his wife Lynne, are worth about £1.25 million and could generate £70,000 per year in rental income.


Mr Hume is not the only MSP sitting on a property portfolio. A total of 23 other politicians are landlords for and hold properties worth an estimated £9m in total.

Midlothian North and Musselburgh MSP Colin Beattie owns two Edinburgh properties worth upwards of £400,000, as well as a half-share in a commercial property in Angus, worth almost £500,000. Jean Urquhart, Nationalist list MSP for the Highlands and Islands, owns a flat in Edinburgh in addition to commercial property in Ullapool worth as much as £800,000.

Cowdenbeath MSP Helen Eadie also owns a flat in Edinburgh, worth £250,000, as well as a house in Bulgaria and some commercial property.

Gil Paterson, the Nationalist MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie has shares in commercial properties worth a combined £850,000 and a share in a French apartment, valued at £350,000.

Conservative list MSP for the Highlands and Islands Jamie McGrigor owns a farmhouse worth £200,000 and a London flat worth £500,000.

Former Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson, the Tory MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, owns property and land in Ayrshire worth £500,000 in addition to a flat in Pitlochry worth £250,000.

Ho hum.

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It is endemic in this country. I work at a lot of different places due to the work I do. Rather transient !!

And every place I am just staggered how common this sort of thing is.

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