Scottish Sun: SNP controversies over past five years – from Salmond feud and Mackay scandal to Ferrier ‘Covid’ trip


Friday 30th April, 2021

NICOLA Sturgeon this week hit out at the “stench” encircling Boris Johnson’s Tories.

But the SNP have been strongly criticised for problems of their own over the past five years, when the party has lurched from one scandal to another.

Featured in the Scottish Sun are:

Alex Salmond:

The story details how Alex Salmond won a civil case against the Scottish Government and had his £500,000 legal fees paid for.

Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North and West:

THE Scottish Sun exposed the sleazy Finance Secretary’s texts to a 16-year-old boy on the eve of his budget in February 2020.

Mackay sent at least 270 messages over six months to the 16-year-old boy.

Mackay continued to take his £66,000-a-year salary despite never re-entering Holyrood.

Margaret Ferrier, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West:

Ferrier is accused of travelling between Scotland and England despite having shown symptoms of coronavirus.

She allegedly travelled from Glasgow to London by train on September 28 last year after being tested for Covid.

Ferrier was suspended and later arrested by and charged with culpable and reckless conduct.

Mark McDonald, MSP for Aberdeen Donside:

McDonald admitted causing a woman “considerable distress” with ‘inappropriate and unwanted’ texts and ‘exploited’ his position of power.

Stewart Hosie, MP for dundee East:

THE Dundee East MP dumped politician wife Shona Robison after his affair with Serena Cowdy was exposed.

It also sparked claims of a love triangle with SNP MP Angus MacNeil.

Natalie McGarry

THE former MP is accused of embezzling over £25,000 from two pro-indy groups.

Read the full story in the Scottish Sun.