A TORY MSP who used an enormous amount of data on his parliamentary phone has rejected criticism over the revelations. 

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request seen by The National found that Alexander Stewart used 395,927 MB of data on the device between December 2022 and October 2023.

The MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife also used a further 36,355 MB on his parliamentary tablet – bringing the total to 432,282 MB.

“Questions need to be asked about what’s going on here,” SNP MP Ian Blackford told The National.

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He added that this was “particularly” the case given recent “attention on Scottish Government ministers" – assumedly referring to Michael Matheson.

Scotland's former health secretary was forced out of his Cabinet role after an investigation into an £11,000 roaming bill he racked up on his iPad while on holiday in Morocco.

Stewart rejected any criticism of his data usage - noting that the data was within his phone tariff.

Commenting, he said: “My data usage has all been incurred within the terms of my parliamentary phone tariff which is paid for in the same way that all other parliamentary phone tariffs are paid.

"No extra costs outside of the parliamentary phone tariff have been incurred.”

The Tory MSP's usage eclipsed all the other MSPs on the list by at least double – the closest MSP in second place being Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross with 210,062 MB.

This was followed by Deputy First Minister Shona Robison with 191,311 MB.

All of the data figures revealed by the FOI request of 19 total MSPs were within roaming bundle limits so no additional charges were incurred by the taxpayer or the MSPs themselves.

The Scottish Government doesn’t hold any information about data usage for devices owned by MSPs, only devices used by MSPs that are owned by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB).