SNP MP Phil Boswell ordered to repay expenses for YouTube videos

Posted On: 
12th May 2016

An SNP MP has been made to repay £555 in parliamentary expenses he claimed for the production of political videos.

Philip Boswell has paid back £555 in expenses for videos he made about his constituency
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Phil Boswell claimed office costs for the making of four short videos he uploaded to YouTube aimed at keeping voters informed about his work and local events.

But the expenses watchdog has ruled the videos were either party political, referred only to the Scottish government or both and therefore exempt from the MPs’ expenses scheme.

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The original version of one was “unequivocally party political”, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said, while two concern only the Scottish government and do not feature the MP at all.

Ipsa also noted expenses could not be claimed for the production of newsletters, which the series of videos appeared to form.

“The original four videos to which the invoices refer are all, for the reasons outlined in this report, in breach of the scheme and should not have been claimed,” Ipsa said.

Mr Boswell could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

The videos can be viewed below.