Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid is in the headlines again.
On Monday it was news of Banff & Buchan Conservative Association Chairman, Conrad Ritchie making alleged xenophobic comments towards French-born Scottish resident, former MEP and now Aberdeen City Council Councillor, Christian Allard. Mr Ritchie subsequently resigned from the role after a national outcry.
Today news that he has been investigated by the Standards Commissioner following complaints about the use of taxpayer-funded Parliamentary resources in the run-up to last year’s General Election.
Mr Duguid has had to pay back the £777 cost of Parliamentary postage-paid envelopes which were used contrary to House of Commons rules.
A spokesperson for Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP said
It is deeply concerning that David Duguid has been found to have breached the Code of Conduct by the Standards Commissioner for using taxpayer-funded resources and it is entirely right that he has been ordered to pay back every penny.
Mr Duguid has form when it comes to questionable campaigning – people have not forgotten the ‘Dark Money’ donations which funded his 2017 campaign.
And now Mr Duguid has been caught red-handed using public resources in his campaign for re-election. His claim that he was not familiar with the rules that prevents public resources being used for political campaigning is wilfully negligent at best and he owes an explanation to the voters of Banff and Buchan.
David Duguid said
This was a genuine oversight on my part.The Commissioner has acknowledged the breach was at the ‘lower end of the spectrum’.It was never my intention to break parliamentary rules when providing updates to my constituents.I immediately repaid the costs in full and have apologised for the error.
You can read the full finding and determination in the document below.