Nicola Sturgeon has come under pressure to return donations after allegations were made that money given for independence campaigning has gone missing.
With people without answers to where the £666,953 has gone, donors are now asking for refunds from the party. Even Sturgeon’s husband, Peter Murrell, has been receiving messages demanding money to be returned.
The private eye has reported people who have given money are receiving emails saying: “The National Treasurer has approved your refund, and a bank transfer will be processed today.”
The money in question was made through online crowdfunding, which was said to be earmarked for any future independence campaign.
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Police Scotland has launched a formal investigation into SNP’s finances after complaints were made over miss use of funds.
A spokesman said: “Police Scotland has now received seven complaints in relation to donations that were made to the Scottish National Party. B”After assessment and consultation with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, we will now carry out an investigation.
“Inquiries are continuing, and anyone who has any information which may assist with this investigation is asked to contact police.”
SNP Party Treasurer admitted the funds had been earmarked for any independence campaign while Party Leader Nicola Sturgeon said there wasn’t any obligation to separate independence funds from party funds.
The First Minister added: “Every penny we raise to support the campaign for independence will be spent on the campaign for independence.”
With a recent party statement saying £97,000 was in the party’s bank, alarm bells are now ringing among party members.
With these accusations coming to light earlier this year, members of the party’s finance and audit committee had resigned after allegations of a lack of transparency and blocking attempts to see party financial information.
Two of the committee member who resigned were Joanna Cherry and SNP MP Douglas Chapman.
Joanna Cherry said: “A number of factors have prevented me from fulfilling the mandate party members gave me to improve transparency & scrutiny & to uphold the party’s constitution.”
“I won’t be making any further comment at this stage.”