Alistair Darling paid £116,000 for speeches

Edinburgh MP Alistair Darling. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Edinburgh MP Alistair Darling. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

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EDINBURGH MP Alistair Darling has received more than £116,000 over the past year for giving speeches.

The former chancellor and leader of the Better Together campaign netted the sum - nearly double his £67,000 MP’s salary - for 11 public appearances, including a payment of nearly £13,000 from the Asset Based Finance Association.

Mr Darling, MP for Edinburgh South West, is among 20 Westminster MPs who earned more than £100,000 from their second jobs last year.

Three other Scots are also on the list - former prime minister Gordon Brown, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and George Galloway.