A PayPal login at the centre of a scandal over £30,000 in ‘missing donations’ was linked to the bank account of a nationalist MP, it has been revealed.
While strongly denying wrongdoing, Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry resigned the SNP whip late yesterday afternoon after the prominent campaign group Women For Independence referred the matter to the police following an internal audit by a chartered accountant.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon — pictured on McGarry’s website above before it was purged of such material — told the BBC:
“Right now, beyond the generality of those concerns, I don’t have detail about the basis or the substance of them.”
Well … errr … perhaps she should ask some of the nine SNP candidates and party officers on the WFI committee? Blogger Aidan Kerr has the rundown:
- Ashten Regan-Denham (SNP Edinburgh Eastern and Lothians list candidate)
- Gillian Martin (SNP Aberdeen East candidate)
- Jeane Freeman (SNP Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley candidate)
- Julie Bell (SNP Kirriemuir and Dean branch)
- Maggie Lennon (SNP Glasgow SNP list canddiate)
- Mairi Tulbure (2014/2015 Avondale SNP Convener)
- Michelle Rodger (SNP West of Scotland list candidate)
- Rosemary Hunter (SNP Mid Scotland and Fife list canddiate)
- Suzanne McLaughlin (SNP Glasgow list candidate)
Indeed. The party has been forced to deny claims from within WFI that a “senior SNP figure” was warned a month ago that McGarry was at the centre of an internal investigation and that “she should stand down as an MP”.