SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has broken a promise to donate tens of thousands of pounds in profit from the sale of his taxpayer-funded second home to charity, it can be revealed today.
Mr Robertson bought a “small” flat in the London Borough of Lambeth in February 2006 for £227,500 and designated it as his second home under the former rules for MPs’ expenses.
He went on to claim almost £60,000 in mortgage interest, £4,000 in stamp duty and legal fees and around £16,000 for repairs and furnishings, including a £2,300 leather sofa bed.
He told Elgin’s Northern Scot newspaper in May 2009: “I will not personally profit from capital gains accrued while mortgage interest was paid for with taxpayers’ money. The public purse will be reimbursed through full capital gains tax payments, with any remaining capital gains returned to the parliamentary authorities or to good causes in my constituency.”
The rules on second homes were changed at the 2010 General Election and Mr Robertson stopped claiming mortgage interest in July 2010. As a result, the parliamentary authorities ruled that he did not have to repay any capital gains.