Finance Secretary’s public speaking course cost taxpayer almost £1,000

Almost £1,000 was spent by the Scottish Government to pay for a public speaking course for Derek Mackay, a freedom of information request has uncovered.

Voicebusiness, an organisation offering communication skills training, was paid a total of £972.12, it reveals.

On its website, the firm claims it can help “turn nervous wrecks into skilled presenters, polished public speakers”.

As well as Mr Mackay, 11 other Scottish Government ministers received either media introductory training or refresher media training during 2018-19.

They were Maree Todd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Mairi Gougeon, Ivan…
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