Watchdog probes MP who billed taxpayers £450 for YouTube videos viewed just a few hundred times

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The Westminster expenses watchdog is investigating an MP who charged you – that is, taxpayers – £450 for YouTube videos that were viewed just a few hundred times.

News emerged last month that Phil Boswell of the SNP’s promotional videos of himself were watched just 649 times, which equates to a cost to taxpayers of 70p per play.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has now launched a formal investigation into Mr Boswell’s accounts. Mr Boswell, who published four videos to YouTube last summer, said he would ‘comply fully’ with the investigation.

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Watchdog probes MP who billed taxpayers £450 for YouTube videos viewed just a few hundred times

Mr Boswell says he will ‘comply fully’ with the investigation (Picture: YouTube/Phil Boswell)

The authority could order him to apologise or pay back cash if he is found to have violated the rules.

Mr Boswell said last month, however, that the videos were justified, and told the Mirror he was disappointed they attracted criticism.

‘We use various forms of old and new media to engage with constituents across all age profiles,’ he said.

‘This claim was fully compliant with the guidelines as set out by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).’

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