Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (R) applauds Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont during Labour's annual conference in Manchester, northern England September 22, 2014
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (R) applauds Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont during Labour's annual conference in Manchester, northern England September 22, 2014Reuters

Scotland's Labour leader Johann Lamont spent £19,697 on bills including travel, hotels and office costs - double that of the country's First Minister Alex Salmond.

According to government filings, the Scottish National Party's (SNP) Alex Salmond claimed £9,691 (€12,301, $15,591) for expenses including travel, stationery, mobile phone charges and newspapers.

MSP expenses rose more than £12.5m in 2013 overall.

Conservative's Ruth Davidson was the second biggest spender on the taxpayers account as a political party leader in Scotland after claiming £17,184 of travel, office and accommodation costs.

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie claimed mainly for travel expenses, mounting up to £16,394.

Overall, Scottish politicians spent an extra £262,140 in the 2013-2014 tax year.

Party leader allowances fell but staff costs rose.

"The 2.14% rise in members' expenses last year broadly reflects the effect of inflation on office costs and on staff salaries," said a Scottish Parliament spokeswoman.