Douglas Ross has had a few problems in the past as he has not been available for critical votes due to other work commitments as a football official, but for a man finding it difficult to balance his different jobs, he is now trying to slot in another full-time job, in addition to his position as MP for the Moray Constituency.
At the moment, he is a Westminster MP, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland and also a part-time football official. That is a huge task for any man to take on, but Douglas Ross thinks he can do more. He is to be a candidate in the Scottish elections in May and is on record as saying if he is successful, which he most likely will be, he will take office in Scotland, while still retaining his seat in Westminster.
Let’s give Mr Ross the benefit of the doubt and assume that he can give 100% to two very demanding jobs, and let’s assume that he fulfils his promise to only draw one salary. At very best, that is going to mean a whole lot of shuttling between London and Edinburgh, without counting travel to his constituency 200 miles north of Edinburgh. Who will pay for all this travel?
Mr Ross’s travel bill for the last year available was a total of £8,365.24 and I assume that is only for trips home to his constituency. How many flights will he need between London and Edinburgh to do both jobs justice? Personally, I just don’t believe it is possible to do justice to both jobs, even without a couple of part-time jobs thrown in, but then again, perhaps Mr Ross is Superman!