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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