Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Councillor Margaret McDougall, MSP.


'I'm just the same as all the rest.'


The following has been taken from here. Her details can be found here.


A North Ayrshire Labour councillor who claimed public money for attending a memorial to the dead of two World Wars has been elected as an MSP.

As revealed by the3towns last week, Margaret McDougall, who represents Kilwinning, was surprisingly elected from the number-3 position on Labour’s West of Scotland Regional List. Previously, Labour had never been entitled to ‘Additional Members’ from the Regional List due to its performance in winning most of the constituencies in the area. However, at last week’s election the SNP took six of the ten West of Scotland constituencies, which meant the Proportional Representation ‘second’ vote provided Labour with three additional Regional members.

In addition to charging the public purse for attending an Armistice Parade, Mrs McDougall also submitted a claim in relation to what she described on her Allowances Form as a “Meeting with MEP”. However, the supposed meeting with a Member of the European Parliament took place on May 12, 2009 – after the European Parliament had been dissolved ahead of the European Election on June 4, which meant there were no MEPs. What Cllr McDougall had actually attended, and which she charged to the public purse, was a Labour Party campaign activity in support of its European Parliament candidates.

In the last full year for which figures are available – 2009/2010 - Margaret McDougall claimed allowances totalling £857.30, up 35-percent on her charge to the public purse from the previous twelve-months.

Against a backdrop of cuts to local services, Cllr McDougall claimed public money for attending events such as the Kilwinning Flower Show, a dinner at the Gailes Hotel, a primary school Christmas Fayre, the switching-on of Christmas lights, the crowning of the Segdoune Queen, the Kilwinning Carnival, the Whitehirst Park Gala Day, a ‘political meeting’ in Ardrossan, a ‘weight lift presentation’, a ‘parade’, another switching-on of Christmas lights, the Woodwynd Centre Christmas Fayre, the Blacklands Community Centre Christmas Night, and the Landward Christmas Dinner.

the3towns understands the Labour Party will insist Margaret McDougall does not resign as a North Ayrshire councillor, despite her new duties and responsibilities as a Member of the Scottish Parliament. Labour is fearful it would lose a by-election if Mrs McDougall stood down.




Oink, oink, oink. Typical Scottish Labour.




5 comments:

Joe Public said...

"Oink, oink, oink. Typical Scottish Labour."

Isn't that a tad harsh, Rab?

Surely "Oink, oink, oink. Typical politician." would be more apt?

MTG said...

A very courageous attack, RAB. Almost as noble as your boast of nudging cyclists through plate glass windows; using your car to supply the power and for your own personal protection.

False number plates supplying that extra touch of cowardice to the scheme?

RantinRab said...

MTG, I have no idea what you are dribbling about.

Anonymous said...

Another typical Scottish Labour cuntcilor ...

http://councillorterrykelly.blogspot.com/

natha said...

Typical Scottish Labour is correct.

In fact, this woman is a beinner compared to the long (apparently interminable) list of Labour politicians who have been caught indulging themselves at the public expense, some of them ending up in prison doing time.

It is also correct to say the SNP has not been involved in this Labourite belief that the public purse is there to serve them rather than they are there to serve the public.

P.S. The comment about the cyclist and windscreen is bizarre.