Murray tops Lothian MP claims table

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EDINBURGH South Labour MP Ian Murray has the highest expenses claims among the Lothians’ Westminster politicians, new figures show.

He claimed nearly £174,000 in expenses in 2011-12, ahead of Livingston Labour MP Graeme Morrice, who filed for just over £156,000.

The lowest claimer among Lothians MPs was Midlothian Labour MP David Hamilton on £135,677.03.

Overall, the figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority showed MPs claimed nearly £90 million in 2011-12, up from £71m.

But Ipsa chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said that, stripping out the effect of the general election in 2010, the claims rate had, “like for like”, been about the same. He said: “If we want a good service from our MPs, we have to fund them. If you don’t think you get a good service, use your vote.”