Ex-SNP MP Michelle Thomson is 'not eligible' to stand for SNP selection

  • Alfie Baron
Independent MP Michelle Thomson has released a statement confirming that the SNP National Executive Committee have ruled that she cannot stand for selection in the forthcoming General Election.

In the run-up to the SNP's autumn 2016 conference, reports suggested that Michelle Thomson was about to resume the whip after the Westminster group of MPs called for their former colleague to be readmitted. A meeting of the party's National Executive Committee decided that the matter would be "continued for further consideration".

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning four men aged 48, 56, 59 and 59 and one woman aged 51, in relation to alleged incidents between 16/06/10 and 26/07/11. The report remains under the consideration of the Procurator Fiscal."

No charges have yet been brought against Michelle Thomson. Ms Thomson continues to maintain that she is totally innocent of any wrongdoing.

Michelle Thomson's statement is below:

"At 1026 thIs mornIng (Saturday 22nd April) I was called from the ongoIng SNP NEC meetIng to be told a selection process for Edinburgh West would happen and that I would not be eligible to stand for selection. I am very disappointed with the decisions of the SNP. I am grateful to both elected officials and local branch members who contacted me In recent days to say they had lobbied the NEC on my behalf.

"Since I was elected 2 years ago I have been subjected to sustained personal attacks, starting with the malicious addition of an old email address to the dating website 'Ashley Madison'. At the time I escalated it to Police Scotland and I thank them for their investigation. It's a pity that those in the press who knew this failed to report it nor note any of the (male) public figures who were genuine additions to the database.

"Since September 2015 there have been reports concerning a solicitor I used some 7 years ago. I have always made it clear that I have done nothing wrong and it is a matter of public record that it was the solicitor who was under investigation and not myself, that no charges have ever been brought and that I assisted PS on a purely voluntary basis. No criticism of the time taken by my fellow public servants within Police Scotland and the Procurator Fiscal can be made and I anticipate they are subject to similar restraints as other public services. I have been impressed by their professional and courteous manner and I have taken the view that the matter must be allowed to run its course. As such I shall not comment further at this time.

'"I must note that, even in political parties the concept of natural justice must apply, as must the need for defined processes that are applied fairly, rigorously and transparently. I would advise the SNP to employ the services of an external body to help them develop a process as soon as possible.

"I have been proud of what I have achieved in the past 2 years despite the above events. Highlights from my work on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee include a key role in encouraging Sir Philip Green to do the right thing for BHS pensioners, the continued focus on Sports Direct working practices and the recommendation for women to be represented equally in all FTSE 350 companies by 2020. The work to make banking fairer for SME's will continue and I summoned the courage to speak out about being raped at the age of 14. Most importantly my office has supported many, many constituents and I thank my team for their efforts.

"I have been privileged to be the MP for Edinburgh West. After careful consideration I have decided not to stand again at this time and I would encourage all the political parties to avoid personal smears and instead focus on what people really want to hear about.

"I thank all those who have supported me, those who elected me, my family and my colleagues in Westminster who so vociferously and consistently spoke out on my behalf but to no avail."
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.