Scotland politics

MP Natalie McGarry faces second police probe over financial discrepancies

Natalie McGarry
Image caption Natalie McGarry was elected an SNP MP in May 2015 - she now sits as an independent at Westminster

Scottish MP Natalie McGarry is facing a second police probe into alleged financial discrepancies.

Police Scotland confirmed it had received a report which is understood to be linked to the SNP's Glasgow regional association.

Ms McGarry withdrew from the party whip last November after a first police investigation was launched.

She denies any wrongdoing and her solicitor said she would co-operate with any inquiry.

Ms McGarry was elected an SNP MP for the seat of Glasgow East in May 2015, but she currently sits at Westminster as an independent

The first police investigation was set up to look at allegations of missing donations from Women for Independence, the pro-Scottish independence group the politician founded.

'Ms McGarry will co-operate'

The second investigation is reportedly related to funds said to be missing from the SNP's Glasgow regional association's accounts. Ms McGarry was a one-time convenor of that association.

Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that police have received a report and inquiries are continuing."

Ms McGarry is thought to be on honeymoon after she got married at the weekend.

The MP's solicitor Aamer Anwar said: "I understand that there is a police inquiry but no criminality has been established. Therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.

"Ms McGarry will co-operate with any inquiry."

An SNP spokesman said: "It would be inappropriate to comment while these matters are being considered."

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