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Complaint upheld against SNP MSP caught using public funds to promote SNP candidates

Just a quick update on a story I brought to you last month about SNP MSP Rob Gibson. He used adverts, funded by the Scottish Parliament, for his surgeries which included some heavy duty promotion of his staff who at the time were standing as candidates for Highland Council. Both were subsequently elected.

 

At the time, Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott complained to the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body. The minutes of their most recent meeting have been published and show that:

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SNP caught using public funds to promote Council candidates

It’s not been an easy few weeks for the SNP. Even before yesterday’s revelations from Leveson, Alex Salmond was squirming when Willie Rennie confronted him over his close ties to Rupert Murdoch which led to him playing down the phone hacking controversy when writing for the Scottish Sun on Sunday.

They’ve also had to expel one of their MSPs, Bill Walker, who was accused of domestic violence against 3 former wives. Worse, last week’s Sunday Herald reports that Deputy Leader Nicola Sturgeon’s office, although not Ms Sturgeon directly, had been told of the allegations a full three years …

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  • User AvatarAnthony Tuffin 1st Aug - 11:06pm
    There is an even stronger argument for reforming local elections in England and Wales than reforming MP elections: One party Councils No change for generations...
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    Nvelope2003, yes... I was just reading what John Stuart Mill thought actually... Inheritance tax more than income tax (to keep the playing field level). Worker's...
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    Neil Sandison; What exactly would your elected Second Chamber do apart from delaying legislation and costing a lot of money ? Do we need two...
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    Andrew: Well it is the job of the Liberal Democrats to put forward a form of capitalism which would be of benefit to ordinary people...
  • User AvatarAndrew 1st Aug - 10:20pm
    nvelope2003, The Scottish by-elections have not been much worse actually... ALDC have a rather unconventional way of reporting STV elections and we were up in...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 1st Aug - 10:17pm
    Re the above - I should have said 1950s Conservatives failed to do much - sorry