SNP MP Ian Blackford promotes step-son to 'senior caseworker'

  • Alfie Baron
SNP MP and leader of the Westminster group, Ian Blackford, has been accused of nepotism after promoting his step-son, John O'Leary, to the position of Senior Case Worker.

Blackford's step-son is now entitled to a salary in excess of £35,000. This is believed to be an increase of over £7,500.

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Mr O'Leary's promotion comes just as MPs receive a ban on employing family members - unless they already work for them.

Blackford had already courted controversy over his documented donation from Conservative donor David Craigen. The register of interests shows that Blackford took a donation of £3,000 from Mr Craigen. It is believed this was for his general election campaign.

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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.