SNPs Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh under investigation by Law Society

  • Alfie Baron
SNP candidate Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh has confirmed that the Law Society are investigating "administrative matters" in relation to her time as a solicitor. It is believed that Ms Ahmed-Sheikh is still on the roll of solicitors but does not currently hold a practising certificate.

Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh was elected as the MP for Ochil and South Perthshire in 2015 and is the SNPs candidate for the 2017 General Election. Ms Ahmed-Sheikh is a senior member of the SNP, and sits on its ruling National Executive Committee.

Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh has made a statement:

"I am aware that issues have been raised with the Law Society in relation to administrative matters during my time at my former firm.

"The Law Society has a duty to uphold professional standards and they must be allowed to do so without prejudice.

"In the meantime, I’m getting on with fighting this election campaign and seeking re-election to stand up for the people of Ochil and South Perthshire."

An SNP spokesperson has reportedly said that Ms Sheikh has "co-operated fully" with the investigation and was continuing her campaign to be returned as the MP for Ochil and South Perthshire.

Scottish Labour General Election campaign manager James Kelly said:

'Any investigation by the Law Society is so serious that, if confirmed, the SNP must immediately suspend Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.

'Nicola Sturgeon must make it clear if she will continue to support Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh as an SNP candidate. In the wake of a series of scandals, it once again raises questions about the party's vetting process.

'The voters in Ochil and South Perthshire need immediate answers. They cannot go to the polls without all the information being made available to them.

'Voters on June 8 have an opportunity to reject Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh at the ballot box and get a Labour MP who will fight a second independence referendum.'

This follows another recent incident involving Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh and HMRC. In December 2016 Ms Sheikh released a statement saying "I have no outstanding personal tax liability whatsoever with HMRC". Reports followed in January of 2017 stating that Ms Ahmed Sheikh had resolved her "tax dispute ahead of a court hearing"
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.