SNP Landlord Crisis continues

  • Alfie Baron
SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson is under fire for failing to declare a financial interest in a Glasgow flat. Mr Gibson is reported to have failed to declare that he rented out his Glasgow flat whilst he chaired a Holyrood Finance Committee. Ironically the committee was examining a new bill affecting, wait for it, landlords.

According to reports, the breach has seen him being reported to prosecutors for a possible crime.

Mr Gibson has tried to dismiss complaints about him, allegedly saying one was "clearly malicious", and the other came from someone "with obvious mental health problems".

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland believes Mr Gibson had indeed breached Holyrood's rules.

It would appear Mr Gibson had failed to register the same flat in 2010 - but this was put down to an error and no further action was taken.

The SNP are often considered too soft on landlords - with some asking if this is because many SNP MPs have significant property portfolios themselves.

These Include:

Richard Arkless:

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income
of over £10,000 a year
One house in Broxburn, West Lothian: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
One Flat in Glasgow, Strathclyde: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)

Lisa Cameron:

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income
of over £10,000 a year
One house in South Lanarkshire: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
Five residential and holiday let apartments in Edinburgh and South Lanarkshire: (i)
and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)

Stephen Gethins:

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income
of over £10,000 a year
From 23 February 2016, a flat in Edinburgh, owned jointly with my wife: (i) and
(ii). (Registered 25 February 2016)

Calum Kerr:

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income
of over £10,000 a year
House in Wester Ross: (i) and (ii). (Registered 04 June 2015)

Angus MacNeil:

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income
of over £10,000 a year
Joint ownership of house in Fort William: (i). (Updated 23 June 2015)
Flat in Glasgow: (i) and (ii).
Flat in London: (i) and (ii).

John Nicolson:

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income
of over £10,000 a year
Terrace house in Tower Hamlets: (i) and (ii). (Registered 20 May 2015)

Michelle Thomson:

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income
of over £10,000 a year
Two residential properties in Edinburgh: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
A residential property in Falkirk: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
A residential property on the Isle of Bute: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
Until 8 April 2016, a half share of a residential property in Edinburgh: (i) and (ii).
(Registered 05 June 2015; updated 09 May 2016)
A residential property in East Calder: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
A residential property in Stirling: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
A residential property in Dollar: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
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.