McConnell in the clear over Majorca break

By Hamish Mackay

Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell looks set to be told he is in
the clear over a controversial overseas holiday he and his family
shared with BBC2 Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark and her husband Alan
Clements.

Scottish Parliamentary standards commissioner Dr Jim Dyer’s draft
report is understood to conclude that McConnell paid for all the travel
costs himself when he spent a New Year break at Wark’s Majorcan villa.

Scottish
MSPs are required to declare gifts or hospitality worth more than £250.
After a complaint from five members of the public, Dr Dyer investigated
the affair which was dubbed “Villagate” by the Scottish media.

His report will be considered by Holyrood’s standards committee on 31 May, and no further action is expected.

However, it is understood that Dr Dyer will recommend that rules on foreign visits and gifts to MSPs be “clarified”.

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