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McLetchie 'reviews' taxi expenses
David McLetchie
David McLetchie said he wanted the matter resolved
Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie has pledged to review his controversial Holyrood taxi expenses.

Mr McLetchie spent 11,500 on taxis during the first five years of the parliament - more than any other MSP.

He said his claims were made in good faith and that he would refer to his own records before discussing his taxi journeys with parliament officials.

The leader said he wanted to "clear it all up" and added he had no intention of resigning over the row.

The Scottish Parliament published the full details of Mr McLetchie's travel expenses over the last five years after the Freedom of Information Commissioner ruled that they should be disclosed.

I do not have instant recall of every journey that I undertook
David McLetchie
Scottish Tory leader

The document provided details of taxi claims which confirmed speculation about regular trips he took from Holyrood to the Edinburgh legal firm where the Edinburgh Pentlands MSP worked at the time.

Diary entries

Mr McLetchie said these trips were legitimate because he carried out parliamentary business from his firm's offices.

He misclaimed for a return flight to Bournemouth in 2002 and another trip to Selkirk in 2003. The two journeys were unrelated to his parliamentary duties.

Mr McLetchie insisted he had done nothing wrong and he repaid the 250 sum.

Taxi outside Holyrood
Mr McLetchie insisted he has done nothing wrong

On Wednesday, after returning from his autumn break, Mr McLetchie said he was keen to resolve the issue.

"I do not have instant recall of every journey that I undertook," he said.

"So basically what I will be doing is look out my diaries and records in relation to all the matters that have been raised in the last couple of weeks, whilst I have been away on holiday.

"Once I have done that and established the nature and the purpose and circumstances surrounding the trip for which a claim was made, I'm then going to discuss that with the parliamentary authorities."




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