Ex-SNP MP wants dialogue and apology from Nicola Sturgeon

  • Alfie Baron
Michelle Thomson has been speaking to the press since being told by the Crown Office that she would not be prosecuted due to the "absence of sufficient credible and reliable evidence". The Crown Office decision came after "careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case".

Ms Thomson was MP for Edinburgh West when police began looking into transactions involving Solicitor Christopher Hales. Hales and Michelle Thomson had previously worked together on property deals. Christopher Hales has since been struck off for professional misconduct.

Michelle Thomson promptly resigned the whip - resulting in the SNP suspending her from the party as an automatic requirement.

Michelle Thomson has since said: “It may well be that she [Sturgeon] panicked when it happened and there was a lot of visibility on the 56, but it was disappointing for me that I have spent two years out on a limb”.

The SNP National Executive Committee ruled that Michelle Thomson was "not eligible" to stand for the party in the 2017 General Election.

Ms Thomson wasn't very happy that she couldn't put her case directly to the NEC - especially as she had a firm belief that she would be exonerated in the very near future. She made it clear that she hadn't had a chance to address the NEC or as much as a telephone call with Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Thomson has also made it very clear that she would like to get "back into the political sphere" - although she is not certain of what role she could take. She also added that she would be "very disappointed" if she didn't officially hear from the SNP in the very near future.

Ms Thomson has also said she'd "greatly appreciate" an apology from Nicola Sturgeon.
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.