Police investigate fraud allegations over ‘black hole’ in SNP war chest
05 Apr 2021

An alleged six-figure “black hole” in the SNP’s finances has triggered a police investigation, it emerged last night.

Police Scotland said a fraud inquiry was under way after the party was accused of dipping into a £600,000 war chest to fund a second independence campaign. The force said an allegation of fraud had been received and “enquiries are ongoing and at an early stage”.

Amid false rumours that detectives had visited the home of Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, and her husband Peter Murrell, the party’s chief executive, the SNP accused political opponents of a “dirty tricks” campaign.

The allegations, reported widely on social media and on the website Wings Over Scotland, relate to funds that were raised by the SNP in 2017 and 2019. The party gave assurances that the money would not be spent on party business but ring-fenced to support a future independence referendum.

By John Boothman, The Times, 4 April 2021

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