Glasgow's Lord Provost has billed the taxpayer £8,000 for 23 pairs of shoes and other beauty and clothing items, it has been revealed.

SNP councillor Eva Bolander also claimed for six jackets at £374.50, five coats at £665, underwear at £152 and a £200 hat made by a designer on expenses. 

The Daily Record reports that she claimed back £751 of haircuts, glasses worth £358 and beauty treatments including getting her toenails painted. There were at least 20 nail treatments amounting to £479.

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Her predecessor, Sadie Docherty, made no claims during her stint in office between May 2015 and May 2017 but Bolander has claimed for more than 150 items between May 2017 and August 2019. 

HeraldScotland: Camley's Cartoon: Lord Provost claims £8k on clothing and beauty treatments.Camley's Cartoon: Lord Provost claims £8k on clothing and beauty treatments.

Martin McElroy, a Labour councillor in the city, last night hit out comparing the politician to Imelda Marcos who was the former first lady of the Phillippines who had more than 1000 pairs of shoes. 

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He said: "These expenses claims are an absolute disgrace. We need an urgent review of the Lord Provost’s spending and maximum transparency.

“At a time when services are being cut, Glaswegians will not understand why their Lord Provost believes it is appropriate to charge the taxpayer for kitting herself out with a new wardrobe.

“Claiming for more than 20 pairs of shoes is frankly incredible. Does she think she is Imelda Marcos?”

In her role as Lord Provost, the Anderston and Yorkhill councillor chairs council meetings, represents the local authority on ceremonial occasions and receives ambassadors to the city. A civic allowance helps her fulfil public duties.

The Swedish-born councillor became the first EU national to be chosen at the city's Lord Provost. 

A council spokesman said: “The national committee that oversees councillors’ pay recognises that the requirement to represent their city at hundreds of events means Lord Provosts often incur personal expenses.

“For that reason, the Scottish Government allocates a civic allowance to each council. For Glasgow City Council, this is subject to a yearly maximum of £5000.”


Last year, it was revealed that the council came under controversy after accepting a two-year-old black Rolls Royce Ghost to drive Lord Provost Eva Bolander to official events and for visiting VIP.

The gift, which came from Boyd Tunnock, cost around £235,305 brand new and has high fuel consumption.

Eva previously said: "I want Glasgow to show its best face to the world and this gift will help us do that.

“It’s a show-stopping car and a tremendous asset.”