Following high-profile controversies in Westminster last month, Spurtle decided to check closer to home on what our politicians earn outwith the forums to which they were elected.
The following summaries have been compiled on the basis of publicly accessible records in the public domain.
We found nothing that gave us serious cause for concern.
DEIDRE BROCK, MP, EDINBURGH NORTH & LEITH:—6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year. My partner and I have half share ownership (in total) of two flats in Edinburgh: (i). (Registered 05 June 2015)
JEREMY BALFOUR, MSP, LOTHIANS:—Overseas trips to: Taiwan (2017, £6,500 paid for by Dept of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan Govt); Rwanda (2018, £1700, paid for by Tearfund Scotland), and Stockholm (2019, UK Feminista, £223.38).
SARA BOYACK, MSP, LOTHIANS:—Head of Public Affairs for Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, 2017–19 (£12,012–24,000 p.a.).
MILES BRIGGS, MSP, LOTHIANS:—Sep 2018 accepted 2 tickets for Ayr Gold Cup as guest of William Hill: combined value £650. Apr 2019 accepted 2 tickets and hospitality for Scottish Grand National as guest of Ladbrokes Coral Group: combined value £590. Overseas trip: Tawain (2019, £4,947 paid for by Dept of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan Govt).
FOYSOL CHOUDHURY, MSP, LOTHIANS:—Owns shares in 2 licensed restaurants (combined value of £26,000).
ALISON JOHNSTONE, MSP, LOTHIANS:—Owns 1 share (worth £250) in Harlaw Hydro, a community hydropower scheme near Edinburgh. This not greater than 1% of the share capital’s total value.
BEN MACPHERSON, MSP, EDINBURGH NORTHERN & LEITH:—Feb 2007 accepted 2 tickets for Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield as guest of BT Scotland: combined value £1390 + VAT.
ANGUS ROBERTSON, MSP, EDINBURGH CENTRAL:—Managing Director (inactive since election) of Progress Scotland Ltd and ASCR Ltd. Anticipates outstanding payments of £501–1,000 and £3,001–5,000).
LORNA SLATER, MSP, LOTHIANS:—Until June 2021, 3 days per month as Engineering Project Manager with Oribital Marine Power (£60,001–65,000 p.a).
SUE WEBBER, LOTHIANS:—21 hours per week as City of Edinburgh Council (£15,001–20,000 p.a. salary donated through Give as You Earn Scheme).
GAVIN BARRIE:—Owner of a property in Edinburgh, joint owner of a property in Edinburgh. Gifts and hospitality: Aug 2016, Chinese cello, value unknown (Asian Association Culture, Commerce & Education in Europe); May 2017, return flights to China to witness MOU signing between Edin Uni and Shenzhen Peoples Hospital, £718 (University of Edinburgh); May 2017, hotel accommodation in China, £261 (University of Edinburgh); May 2017, dinner and refreshments (value unknown), Consul General of China; May 2017, wireless headphones (value unknown), Shenzhen Incubator; May 2017, Book of images of Shenzhen (value unknown), Vice Mayor of Shenzhen; Dec 2018, Torchlight Procession Tickets (£21), Underbelly; Dec 2018, 4 Hogmanay Street Party tickets (£80), Underbelly.
KAREN DORAN:—Joint owner of a property in Edinburgh.
AMY McNEESE-MECHAN:—Former Edinburgh Council employee. Owner of a property in Edinburgh. Aug 2017, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, seat in box (£300), REMT; Aug 2018, Royal Edinburgh Military Tatto 2 seats in box (£300), REMT; 2 tickets for Fireworks Show, (£50), Virgin Money.
CLAIRE MILLER:—Before election: self-employed letting agent (Silverclear); bookseller (Waterstones). Owner and landlord of a property in Edinburgh.
MAX MITCHELL:—Remuneration as part-time case worker for Donald Cameron, MSP; worked at Gilded Balloon in Aug 2021. Owner of a property in Edinburgh. Professionally managed investment portfolio fund. Aug 2017 and 2018, Civic Allocation, 2 tickets on each occasion to Royal Edinburgh Military Tatto (£1,200 in total), REMT; Aug 2019, 2 tickets to Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (£660), REMT.
JOANNA MOWAT:—Joint owner of a property in Edinburgh.
ROB MUNN:—Owner of a house in Edinburgh.
HAL OSLER:—Remuneration as invigilator of external assessment of nation qualification for the SQA. Owner of a property in Abbey St Bathans, owner of a property in Edinburgh. Aug 2017, 2 corporate tickets to Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (£500), REMT; Aug 2018, 1 ticket to Diving Championships (value unknown), European Diving Championship; Aug 2018, 2 Royal Gallery Tickets (£600), REMT; Aug 2019, 2 tickets from Civic Allocation for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (£620), REMT.
SUSAN RAE:—Tenant of Edinburgh Council property. Aug 2018, 2 tickets to Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (£700), REMT.
ALASDAIR RANKIN:—Joint owner of a property in Edinburgh. Sept 2017, Drinks and buffet (£50), Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh.
LEWIS RITCHIE:—Army reservist, £37 per day, minimum 27 days. Part-time job with Fraser Hospitality. Director and 100% share owner of All Good Edinburgh Ltd. Joint owner of 2 properties in Edinburgh.
IAIN WHYTE:—Owner of 2 properties in Edinburgh. Joint owner of 2 properties in Edinburgh. Minor shareholdings.