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MPs in Scotland accepted £10,000 of free sports tickets

Members of Parliament in Scotland have reportedly obtained more than £10,000 worth of free tickets for sporting events since the last general election.

According to Insider.co.uk’s analysis of the latest Register of Members’ Financial Interests, betting firms, media organisations and banks are just a few of those dishing out free tickets to Scottish politicians.

In Scotland, rugby proved to be the most popular sports for MPs, with eight sets of tickets handed out, worth a total of £5,622. At least three sets of those tickets, which were worth £1,936, were for the Six Nations.

Tickets to horse racing events were popular with MPs, as betting firms and racecourses provided £1,490 worth of passes. 

Gavin Newlands, the SNP’s representative for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, received four sets of tickets for different events worth a combined £1,919.

Across the UK, the total value of free tickets handed out to MPs is a whopping £123,798.

Football is top of the list as the most popular sport with 55 sets of free tickets handed out to MPs, worth £30,145. Horse racing is also popular with members of parliament with tickets for the races coming to £29,800.

Media companies gave more tickets than any other type of company, with tickets worth a combined total of £23,376. These came from media organisations such as ITV (£16,195), BT (£4,725) and the BBC (£216).

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