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A trio of embarrassments for the SNP

This week has not been a good one for Edinburgh West MP Michelle Thomson. For the third week running, the Sunday Times has reported on property transactions which are now being investigated by the Police. The solicitor who acted for Michelle Thomson’s company in many of these transactions was struck off last year. You can read the whole judgement in that matter here. It is also worth reading Labour blogger and solicitor Ian Smart’s commentary on the allegations contained within it.

Today’s paper highlights (£) a couple who had to sell their house after the husband was diagnosed with a bowel tumour which left him unable to work.

The inquiry is now likely to look into a transaction in 2009 that is unrelated to Hales. It involved a property firm linked to Michelle Thomson that arranged for her husband Peter to buy a flat in Edinburgh.

The sellers, Garry and Sandra Kelly, claim £32,000 was deducted from the purchase price of £105,000 to pay off a loan they say they never had. On Friday, this newspaper alerted Police Scotland’s financial crime unit to the transaction.

The transactions are now under police investigation and, earlier this week, Thomson stepped down from her role as the SNP’s business spokesperson and temporarily resigned from the whip. However, it appears that even if there were no illegality, the accounts from the people whose houses were bought by her company are damaging on their own. From today’s Sunday Mail:

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  • User AvatarMichael BG 30th Mar - 10:09pm
    The guidance doesn’t agree with the regulations (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/350/made). In the regulations there is no limit to the number of times a person can go out...
  • User AvatarMark Valladares 30th Mar - 10:05pm
    Tony, And I wouldn’t have it any other way. In fairness, I was referring to the Editorial Team... the personnel have changed, and possibly our...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 30th Mar - 9:24pm
    Good stuff, Gordon. I remember the day I first met you and I don't think I patronised you by classifying you as "youth" (though we...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 30th Mar - 9:15pm
    Speak for yourself, Mark. I am exactly the same person I was ten years ago.
  • User AvatarJoe Otten 30th Mar - 9:14pm
    Whenever a candidate is described as 'untainted by the coalition' it makes me want to vote for somebody else. Our coalition record is something to...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 30th Mar - 9:12pm
    As for some of the national tabloids - a fortnight ago they were giving advice on which national parts to go to, to get away...
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