Salmond's Ryder Cup trip cost taxpayers £470k

IT COST almost £470,000 to send a delegation led by First Minister Alex Salmond to the Ryder Cup golf tournament in America, the Scottish Government has said.

Loading Comments

September's trip was part of a plan to "maximise the economic benefits" of hosting the event in Scotland in 2014, which the Government estimates will generate at least £100 million for the economy.

Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson said: "To find out that Alex Salmond's trip to watch the golf cost almost half a million pounds is eye-watering."

"This comes on top of the tens of thousands of pounds spent on his trip to the opening of Brave in California earlier this year.

"Alex Salmond has no shame.

At a time of such severe cuts to public spending and thousands continue to lose their jobs, for Alex Salmond to be spending such sums is outrageous.

"Scots will rightly ask what world the First Minister inhabits."

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

Sun, sea and sangria beats an active break.




Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.

A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

The Look Awards, a bra fitting and going veggie at Usha’s.

Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.