Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett’s four foreign trips will cost the taxpayer £24,000

Lord Provost Barney Crockett.

The Lord Provost has been given the green light to extend the hand of friendship between Aberdeen and four other destinations – but it will cost the taxpayer £24,000.

Aberdeen is a member of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), which gives the 19 member cities a chance to promote economic, educational and cultural links with each other.

As the city’s Lord Provost, Councillor Barney Crockett is vice-president of WECP, and is expected to travel to the organisation’s events.

They include conferences in Hammerfest, Norway, and Houston, Texas, in April and the WECP’s annual conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October.

Cllr Crocket is also due to attend a green-energy expo in Stavanger, Norway, in August.

Aberdeen City Council has an international travel fund and councillors yesterday voted to set the 2018/19 fund at £24,000 to pay for Cllr Crockett’s travel.

A council report said: “WECP provides an international forum for the council to promote opportunities in Aberdeen and to link Aberdeen businesses to markets in the partner cities.”