ANOTHER Lib Dem was accused of overspending during the general election yesterday, just one day after the party’s deputy leader was slammed for splurging over £2,000 on undelivered leaflets.
Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine was forced to defend her record after questions were asked over her spending in a tightly fought contest for an SNP seat in June’s general election.
Reports claim that Ms Jardine removed £3,000 from her total expenses figure which she put down as “national spending” because it promoted the Libs Dems rather than herself as a candidate.
Had the figure been included in her election expenses it would have put her £1,350 over the legal spending cap.
This came a day after deputy leader Jo Swinson was accused of missing almost £7,000 from her official expenses total, including £2,700 on 93,000 leaflets which were never delivered.
Ms Jardine told BBC Radio Scotland: “There was money which was allocated as having been spent on the national campaign, but that’s because it was spent on a national campaign.
“It’s one of the weakest stories I’ve ever seen and I think it’s nothing more than an exercise in reputational damage.”