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Scandal forces McLeish out

Issue No. 1775

Speculation was growing this week over who would be the next first minister of Scotland after the resignation of Henry McLeish. His downfall began in April when it emerged that McLeish had claimed full expenses from the taxpayer on his constituency office as a Westminster MP. At the same time he had been subletting it to private firms.

Last month he said he had repaid £9,000 expenses that he had 'mistakenly' claimed. Eventually he conceded that five clients had paid more than £36,000 during a period of 14 years. One client was a donor to the Labour Party. Another was Fife council, once run by McLeish.

McLeish said he had not intended to fiddle anything. But then a disillusioned former Labour Party member inside Fife council passed information to the Scottish Socialist Party that there was another client which had paid money for the office. McLeish had to go.

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Sat 17 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1775
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