Wednesday 30 September 2015

SNP MP resigns over investigation into business deals with struck off solicitor

Frontbench SNP MP, Michelle Thomson, has resigned the SNP whip after the police launched an investigation into her involvement with a struck off solicitor.

Solicitor Christopher Hales was struck off following a tribunal hearing last year and the Law Society referred the case to the Crown Office formally this year having informally notified them in 2014. He and Michelle Thomson did business together through her property company.

She has resigned as the SNP's business spokesman and will sit as an independent MP until the conclusion of the investigation. Questions are being asked about whether the investigation came to light whilst the SNP were vetting her as a candidate and was covered up.