Douglas Ross expenses 'reviewed' by Westminster watchdog following claims over flights

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross
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Expenses claimed by Douglas Ross for his work as an MP are subject to a review by a Westminster watchdog.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has confirmed that it is looking into whether the Scottish Tory leader used expenses to cover his travel as an assistant football referee.

IPSA said it is looking into the claims but has not launched a formal investigation.

It also said it will "will work with the former MP to clarify the situation" if he did break the rules.

It said it will launch a formal investigation if necessary.

The Sunday Mail revealed that Ross' team identified 28 “dodgy” claims he made to Westminster after being confronted about possible rule-breaking.

Three jobs Ross billed the taxpayer for flights between London to Glasgow and Edinburgh, where he was working as an SFA linesman.

Expenses watchdogs were given the impression he was simply returning to his Moray constituency. They were all wrongly classed as “London-constituency” with IPSA.

A spokesperson from IPSA said: "We are currently reviewing the information that has appeared in a number of articles over the weekend.

"If there is evidence of any rules within the Scheme being broken, we will work with the former MP to clarify the situation.

"If it is necessary, we are also able to refer matters to the Compliance Officer for IPSA for investigation."

The SNP has demanded an investigation into the row, with depute leader Keith Brown writing to IPSA.

Ross resigned as Scottish Tory leader on Monday amid the row over his expenses and fallout after he decided to stand for Westminster again.

It came after hospitalised David Duguid was blocked from standing in Aberdeenshire North and Moray East. Ross replaced him as the party's candidate.

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