Now THREE SNP MPs have been questioned over financial ‘irregularities’

Chris Law was held for questioning by Police Scotland and released pending further inquiries [Image: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer].

Chris Law was held for questioning by Police Scotland and released pending further inquiries [Image: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer].

The urge to suggest that, if the accusations keep piling up, the Parliamentary SNP will be Angus Robertson and Mhairi Black by the 2020 election, has turned out to be too strong to resist.

Realistically, if there is a by-election following the conclusion of the case against Ms McGarry, This Writer doubts Scottish Labour will be able to win it.

While members and supporters of the party north of the border have accepted the reasons for its fall from grace with the voters, it seems party officials and elected representatives have not.

Labour lost because of policy drift toward the right wing of politics, and because of complacency about the electorate. Under Kezia Dugdale, I don’t see any change.

The party urgently needs centre-left candidates to provide a strong alternative to the SNP’s nationalist version of socialism (not to be confused with National Socialism, which historians will remind us was something very different).

But perhaps such speculation is premature.

What do we think?

Police have detained and questioned Chris Law, the MP for Dundee West, over alleged financial irregularities with his pro-Scottish independence tour in a repainted green goddess fire engine.

Law, who was held for questioning by Police Scotland in Dundee on Wednesday and released pending further inquiries, is the third recently elected Scottish National party MP to be interviewed by police over their financial dealings.

Natalie McGarry, the MP for Glasgow East and another prominent pro-independence campaigner who joined the SNP in the surge of support after the 2014 referendum, was charged on Tuesday with embezzlement and breach of trust.

McGarry, who is alleged to have stolen money from the Women for Independence campaign group she helped found, denies the charges. A prosecution raises the prospect of a byelection in Glasgow East, a key target seat for Labour.

Michelle Thomson, elected for Edinburgh West during the SNP’s landslide general election victory in May 2015, has been questioned by detectives investigating alleged mortgage frauds linked to property dealings. She has not been charged with any offence and also denies any impropriety, but, like McGarry, resigned from the SNP whip in the Commons and then from the party after being detained. The party is said to be considering reinstating Thomson amid reports she is not the focus of the police investigation.

Source: SNP MP Chris Law held over alleged financial irregularities | Politics | The Guardian


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7 thoughts on “Now THREE SNP MPs have been questioned over financial ‘irregularities’

  1. Roy Beiley

    I do not recall any of the Tory MP’s allegedly doing this being arrested? Or perhaps I missed that becausevit wasn’t reportedcib MSM. Why have Sottish Police acted in this way?

  2. rockingbass

    At least Police Scotland has been acting……..what about the Tory party and the battle bus hired canvaser scandal ?the Silence is Golden …..It is a shame they did not pursue Ruth Davidson and her party’s involvement in opening the postal ballots which were posted 2 weeks early in the independent referendum.

  3. Joan Edington

    I now accept that McGarrie is most likely guilty of at least some fraud, although I was not one to use her as another SNPBaaaad until an investigation had been carried out, unlike some who I won’t mention. The police are not interested in Michelle Thomson whose only crime, if it can be defined as such, is turning a blind eye to the activites of an acquaintance. I see no reason she should not be re-admitted to the SNP ranks if the police have told the party they have no interest. As for Chris Law, if irregularities are found relating to the election, he should be charged, as should the rather larger number of Tory MPs whose irregularities seem to have sunk below the parapet recently.

  4. Denis Bell

    Ahh politics can be, IS a mucky business! SNP-bad!!!? Makes me think back to when all the ‘Labour’ Front Bench were millionaires…. Ahem, political reps of ‘the ordinary working man and woman’! I also remember well the £20million a year cost of the department ‘managing MPs expenses’ when the diabolical corruption case broke!!! Aye, SNP-bad ( and at least this correspondent hopes less-worse’ than the Mucky Rest! Cheers to thievery of ‘Our Money’!!

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