Details of Scottish MPs’ staffing numbers and costs


  1. Please provide a break down of all MPs representing Scottish seats, next to the number of staff they have employed since the day after the last general election.

  2. Since the last general election, how much have MPs who represent Scottish seats paid in staff bonuses? I would like the collective total as well as the number of MPs who have paid a bonus.


IPSA holds the information you requested.

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses, (‘the Scheme’), staffing costs may be claimed to meet the cost of staff who support MPs in performing their parliamentary functions. IPSA provides model contracts and job descriptions for all staff employed by MPs, the specific conditions of which (such as pay and annual leave entitlement) can be set by the employing MP, usually within bands specified by IPSA.

The Scheme does not allow MPs to pay bonuses to staff, but does allow for modest reward and recognition payments in recognition of outstanding performance. These are subject to a maximum of £1,000 per individual staff member per year, and no more than 2% of the annual staffing budget may be used for reward and recognition payments.

The requested information can be found at Annex A.

Annex A

MP nameConstituencyNumber of staffTotal reward and recognition payments since 2017
Alan BrownKilmarnock and Loudoun CC6
Alison ThewlissGlasgow Central BC6
Alistair CarmichaelOrkney and Shetland CC8£2,000.00
Alister JackDumfries and Galloway CC7
Andrew BowieWest Aberdeenshire and Kincardine CC8
Angela CrawleyLanark and Hamilton East CC9
Angus MacNeilNa h-Eileanan an Iar CC5£2,880.00
Bill GrantAyr, Carrick and Cumnock CC4
Brendan O'HaraArgyll and Bute CC5
Carol MonaghanGlasgow North West BC6£3,016.00
Chris LawDundee West BC8£2,400.00
Chris StephensGlasgow South West BC6
Christine JardineEdinburgh West BC6£180.00
Colin ClarkGordon CC8
Danielle RowleyMidlothian CC5£1,200.00
David DuguidBanff and Buchan CC9
David LindenGlasgow East BC6£2,515.00
David MundellDumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale CC7
Deidre BrockEdinburgh North and Leith BC4
Douglas ChapmanDunfermline and West Fife CC9£2,450.00
Douglas RossMoray CC6
Drew HendryInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey CC9£2,000.00
Gavin NewlandsPaisley and Renfrewshire North CC6
Hannah BardellLivingston CC7
Hugh GaffneyCoatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill BC4£2,800.00
Ian BlackfordRoss, Skye and Lochaber CC5
Ian MurrayEdinburgh South BC5£900.00
Jamie StoneCaithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross CC5£2,515.00
Jo SwinsonEast Dunbartonshire CC10
Joanna CherryEdinburgh South West BC6
John LamontBerwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk CC5
John McNallyFalkirk CC8
Kirstene HairAngus CC11
Kirsty BlackmanAberdeen North BC8£1,900.00
Lesley LairdKirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath CC7£2,500.00
Lisa CameronEast Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow CC9
Luke GrahamOchil and South Perthshire CC9
Marion FellowsMotherwell and Wishaw BC5
Martin Docherty-HughesWest Dunbartonshire CC6
Martin WhitfieldEast Lothian CC5£2,515.00
Martyn DayLinlithgow and East Falkirk CC9
Mhairi BlackPaisley and Renfrewshire South CC5
Neil GrayAirdrie and Shotts CC6£3,000.00
Patricia GibsonNorth Ayrshire and Arran CC6
Patrick GradyGlasgow North BC6
Paul MastertonEast Renfrewshire CC11£1,000.00
Paul SweeneyGlasgow North East BC5
Pete WishartPerth and North Perthshire CC6
Peter GrantGlenrothes CC8
Philippa WhitfordCentral Ayrshire CC8
Ronnie CowanInverclyde CC5
Ross ThomsonAberdeen South BC7
Stephen GethinsNorth East Fife CC5£450.00
Stephen KerrStirling CC6£2,500.00
Stewart HosieDundee East BC8
Stewart McDonaldGlasgow South BC6
Stuart McDonaldCumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East CC13
Tommy SheppardEdinburgh East BC8
Gerard KillenRutherglen and Hamilton West BC5£2,480.00

This concludes our response to your request.

8 July 2019
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