SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh 'resolves tax dispute ahead of court hearing'

  • Alfie Baron
In mid-December reports suggested that HMRC were in the process of taking action against SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh. At the time Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh responded with a tweet: "Contrary to reports I have no outstanding personal tax liability whatsoever with HMRC"

Ms Sheikh even went to the effort of pinning a tweet to her twitter account:

"From Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh MP:

This story is ridiculous. I have no outstanding personal tax liability whatsoever with HMRC, and have received no notification of any court action.

Any possible proceedings would concern Hamilton Burns, a law firm I left in May 2015 following my election,

The idea that there is a possibility of bankruptcy is absurd and a crude attempt to smear my reputation. I will now consider what legal action is open to me against the politics Home website to address their nonsensical story."
Herald Scotland has reported that SNP MP for Ochil & South Perthshire, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, has 'resolved her bankruptcy dispute with the taxman ahead of a hearing in open court'.

It was reported that a sheriff had given her until January 23 'to show cause why sequestration should not be awarded'.

The former company of Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, Glasgow-based Hamilton Burns, is also reported to have settled any action prior to any court appearance. Ms Sheikh was an equity partner in Hamilton Burns prior to her becoming an MP.

Herald Scotland reported that the following two cases were scheduled:

A liquidation petition lodged at Glasgow Sheriff Court showed HMRC was pursuing Hamilton Burns for £31,000 of unpaid PAYE, almost all of it incurred after May 2015.

"HMRC also launched a sequestration action - the Scots term for bankruptcy - against Ms Ahmed-Sheikh as a former partner in the firm and as an individual.
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.