Julie McAnulty accused of racism

  • Alfie Baron
Another day, another SNP scandal. Julie McAnulty, an SNP Holyrood candidate, walked out of a meeting with eight others after her fellow North Lanarkshire councillor, Dr Imtiaz Majid, won a key post. Dr Majid claimed there wouldn't have been a protest if he had been white.

McAnulty, as well as being an MSP candidate, is a key aide to controversial Coatbridge MP Phil Boswell. Boswell, also embroiled in a tax loophole scandal, has previously tweeted his support for Ms McAnulty after she'd called for Jim McCabe to be investigated for allegedly not declaring his friendships within a council housing repairs company.

The minutes for a party meeting in Coatbridge on January 10th reportedly detail a "heated row" between Dr Majid and McAnulty. Due to the huge growth of SNP membership in the constituency there were to be four branches created. Boswell was not at this meeting, but it is reported he and McAnulty had wanted ally Paul Walsh to become associate convener. After a series of votes Dr Majid was given the post. This is when McAnulty and eight others stormed out of the meeting - hurling abusive language at the chair on the way out. McAnulty returned to the meeting and was appointed treasurer.

Dr Majid had been the local party choice for the SNP candidate for Coatbridge. Following a bitter divorce it is understood SNP HQ replaced him with Boswell. Could McAnulty's friendship with Boswell be part of the reason she reacted so badly to Dr Majid's appointment?

Boswell faces a parliamentary standards investigation for allegedly failing to declare a directorship. This follows a call of hypocrisy after he benefited from a legal tax avoidance scheme while working in the oil industry. Boswell also had the nerve to ask the Financial Secretary to the Treasury "if he would close the Mayfair Tax Loophole".

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.