David Duguid to miss out on £15k redundancy payment after Douglas Ross selection row

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid
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David Duguid is set to lose out on a nearly £15,000 redundancy payment because of a Tory selection row.

The former Banff and Buchan MP - who is currently in hospital - will not be eligible to receive a loss of office payment after he was chucked by the Conservatives as a candidate.

Duguid was de-selected as the Conservative candidate in Aberdeenshire North and Moray East on Wednesday night.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross announced soon after that he is running to replace Duguid as the party's candidate in the constituency.

MPs who lose their seat or unsuccessfully stand for another seat are given twice the statutory redundancy entitlement as a loss of office payment. Those who do not contest a seat do not receive the payment.

Duguid would have received £14,700 for his seven years as an MP but will now not do so because the Tories binned him as a candidate.

If Ross loses the constituency he will receive the loss of office payment. He was previously not set to do so as he had chosen not to stand.

The only way in which Duguid would receive the payment is if he stands at the election as an independent.

All MPs get a winding up payment after they end their parliamentary careers. This is calculated based on the sum of four months’ salary, net of tax and National Insurance contributions.

Duguid announced on Twitter that he was dropped as the Tories candidate in the north-east seat.

The former MP is currently recovering from a spinal injury.

He said just weeks ago that he was standing for re-election.

SNP campaign director Stewart Hosie said:

"It's utterly shameful that three-jobs Douglas Ross used David Duguid's illness to force him out of his seat.

"The fact that he now stands to benefit to the tune of thousands of pounds, while Mr Duguid loses out on redundancy support, makes it even worse.

"If Douglas Ross had any shame he would resign. Voters in Scotland can show Mr Ross and this dreadful Tory government the door by voting SNP on 4th July to put Scotland's interests first."

A Scottish Tory spokesperson said: "The party have offered to support David Duguid in any way we can and look forward to his return to frontline politics."

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