MSP's expenses claims under investigation

A Liberal Democrat MSP is being investigated by Holyrood after his expenses claims were published. He received £108,826 in allowances last year, of which £41,154 was for travel.

Details of Mr Raffan’s mileage claims were made available to newspapers under the Freedom of Information Act. A number of questions have been raised about his expenses bill, such as his claim for journeys made in Scotland on March 11, March 12 and March 13, 2001: a press release issued by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 2001 said that Mr Raffan was on a two-day visit to the Isle of Man to celebrate Commonwealth Day at the time. Mr Raffan resigned after the expenses claims were made public on the grounds of ill health.

Holyrood investigation into MSP's travel claims (The Times, 22 January 2005)