KEZ DONATES £7,500 TO CHARITY
Kezia Dugdale has today published details of more than £7,500 she has donated to charity following her appearance on the ITV show “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”
The Labour Lothian MSP has now raised a total of nearly £30,000 for charity since 2015.
From her fee for appearing on the show, a total of £5,100 has been donated to three charities selected by her parliamentary staff who ran her office while she was in Australia.
The charities selected are Who Cares? Scotland; Glasgow Women’s Aid; and the Archie Foundation.
Prior to appearing on the show, Ms Dugdale donated her £2,500 parliamentary salary for her time in Australia to the Rock Trust, an Edinburgh-based charity supporting young people at risk of homelessness.
Ms Dugdale received a fee from ITV for appearing on the TV show of £70,000. Income tax has been paid both in the UK and in Australia due to the nature of the earnings, which was received in instalments. After tax, this sum is around £45,000.
Kezia Dugdale said: “I’m pleased that a number of charities which do amazing work across Scotland will benefit financially from this. I’m delighted to be back in the Parliament serving my constituents across the Lothians. I held more than 30 surgeries across the region in 2017 and I will continue to be an open and accessible MSP throughout 2018 and beyond. I also look forward to developing a number of campaigns around the Year of Young People in 2018.”
The Scottish Parliament’s register of financial interests includes estimates of all associated travel and accommodation, and a daily payment of AUS$150 received when not in camp for living expenses, bringing the total sum published in the entry to between £80-85,000 as per parliamentary procedures.
Charitable donations from Kezia Dugdale since 2015:
MND Scotland: £21,250
Rock Trust: £2,500
Archie Foundation: £1,700
Glasgow Women’s Aid: £1,700
Who Cares? Scotland: £1,700
Details on the charities benefiting can be found here: