Peers living in Scotland claimed £2.1 million from taxpayers over 12 months, up 16 per cent on two years ago - and most of them were Liberal Democrats.
A survey of the funding of every community council in Scotland has sparked claims that the bodies are being systematically undermined by a lack of support from local authorities.
A campaign group has written to Westminster’s Commissioner for Standards to request an investigation into the conduct of two Tory MPs after The Ferret highlighted inconsistencies in their reporting of "dark money" donations.
A secretive trust that gave £319,000 to the Scottish Conservatives is under examination by the Electoral Commission.
Campaigners said the Scotland Office could be using taxpayer funded Facebook ads to “manipulate potential voters for party political purposes.”