Edinburgh West MP Michelle Thomson withdrew from the party whip in September when it emerged that Police Scotland was investigating 13 property deals to which she was linked. Thomson has denied any wrongdoing.
Critics of the party have been quick to point this out.
Here’s a tweet from Owain Gardner: “At this rate we’ll be back at Salmond being the only SNP member by 2020.”
Pro-UK Scottish blogger Effie Deans took a darker tone: “We now have two SNP MPs who have resigned the whip because of alleged corruption, but in today’s Scotland we must keep silent about it.”
Now, why would that be?
The SNP MP at the centre of allegations that tens of thousands of pounds in donations may be missing from the pro-independence campaign group she helped to set up has withdrawn from the party whip but insists she is determined to clear her name.
Natalie McGarry said that she had taken the step in the best interests of the party and the constituents of Glasgow East who voted for her. According to the party’s constitution, it will lead to automatic suspension from the SNP.
In a statement issued on her behalf on Tuesday evening, McGarry’s lawyer, Aamer Anwar, said: “She maintains she has done nothing wrong but is conscious that the events of the last 48 hours are distracting from the job she was elected to do on behalf of the SNP. She has a proud record as a principled activist and states she is determined to clear her name.”
Questions have been raised about the role played by McGarry after Women for Independence (WFI) contacted the police on Sunday night because they believed substantial amounts were missing from the group’s donation income.
The Guardian understands it has been alleged that McGarry was the only person with access to the PayPal account used by WFI to collect the donations and from which it is believed the alleged discrepancies have arisen.
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