SNP MP Chris Law under police investigation

Posted On: 
29th September 2016

A third SNP MP is being investigated by police over allegations of financial irregularities.

Chris Law MP taking his oath at the House of Commons
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Dundee West MP Chris Law was detained and questioned at his home yesterday in relation to a pro-Scottish independence campaign he set up, the Daily Record has revealed.

The Spirit of Independence saw Mr Law touring Scotland in a Green Goddess fire engine in the run-up to the 2014 referendum.

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A source close to the MP said: “Chris attended the police station on Wednesday morning and provided information in relation to a matter under investigation.

“He has agreed to provide the police with further information and is confident the matter will be resolved.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “A 46-year-old man was detained and has been released pending further inquiries.

“Investigations are continuing.”                                           

According to the Spirit of Independence website, Mr Law shut down his business temporarily before the vote “to dedicate himself full time” to the independence cause.

“In the period leading up to August 2014, the Spirit of Independence raised money for their journey through grassroots fundraising, including personal appeals to friends and family as well as a crowd sourced Indiegogo campaigns,” the campaign says.

The news comes after fellow MPs Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thomson resigned the SNP whip in the wake of police investigations.

Ms McGarry was charged with embezzlement and other fraud offences on Monday after another pro-independence group, which she co-founded, reported potential financial discrepancies in its accounts.

Ms Thomson is the subject of a separate police investigation related to transactions involving her property firm.

Scottish first minister and SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, said Mr Law was confident he will be able to "resolve the matter".

She said: “Chris, as I understand it, yesterday attended a police station. He provided information to the police relating to a matter they’re investigating and he has agreed to provide them with further information.

"He hasn’t been charged with any offence and he’s confident he will be able to resolve the matter so I think that at this stage, that should be allowed to take its course.”

***UPDATE***

In January 2017, the police announced that no further action would be taken against Mr Law.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “Following discussion with Police Scotland, we agree with their assessment that there is insufficient evidence to support each of the allegations, and that, as such, they do not intend submitting a formal prosecution report.”