FAT TWAT ATTACKS SNP

TIME NICOLA LAUNCHED THE HOLLIE BOMB AT SALMOND?

Alex Salmond savages Nicola Sturgeon over treatment of fraud-case MP

The former First Minister put the boot in, saying Michelle Thomson had been denied ‘natural justice’ by the SNP during a police inquiry into mortgage fraud allegations.

Salmond has hit out at his own party (Image: Getty)

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Alex Salmond launched an astonishing attack on Nicola Sturgeon yesterday over how ex- SNP MP Michelle Thomson was treated.

The former first minister said Thomson had been denied “natural justice” by the party during a police inquiry into mortgage fraud allegations.

He added she should be readmitted to the SNP and allowed to stand for election again.

Thomson learned two weeks ago that she will not face court proceedings.

The former Edinburgh West MP resigned the SNP whip and was suspended just five months after being elected in 2015.

She continued as an independent MP but stood down at the general election in June.

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Salmond was asked if Thomson should be readmitted to the SNP as he promoted an 18-date run of chat shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He replied: “I’ve always believed that. I was one of the people who voted in the parliamentary group to make that happen a year ago.”

Salmond added: “It was an extremely difficult situation which the SNP handled badly.

Fraud case against Michelle Thomson was dropped
Fraud case against Michelle Thomson was dropped (Image: PA)

“You cannot have a situation where people are denied natural justice.”

He also criticised media coverage of the controversy, adding: “Reflect on what you would have said if Nicola or the national executive, or whoever, hadn’t taken the action they did.”

Thomson, 52, bought homes at knockdown prices from families
desperate to sell before quickly selling them again at a big profit.

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She was one of five people named in a report sent to prosecutors last December after a police investigation but prosecutors found there was an absence of sufficient credible evidence that she had broken the law.

Thomson has since urged Sturgeon to apologise over the way she was treated, saying it was “disturbing” she was never given the chance to speak directly to the SNP leader.

Salmond said: “I believe taking disciplinary action against somebody should be at the point of being charged. Even then, you could argue that if someone has been charged they have not been found guilty of anything.

“Although I think the SNP made a mistake, they were not the instigators of the mistake.

“The people who bear the heaviest burden of responsibility for the position Michelle has found herself in over these last two years are your publications.

Sturgeon and Salmond on the campaign trail together (Image: 2015 Getty Images)

“You should reflect on that because you have effectively removed the
political career of somebody I thought was an incredibly talented female politician.”

Asked if Thomson should stand for election again, he said: “I would hope so.”

The ex-SNP leader, who lost his seat as MP for Gordon in June, also predicted that by 2021 Scotland will have voted to leave the UK.

He said: “If Brexit is a soaraway success, then I think that will postpone another referendum – but I don’t know anyone who thinks that now.

“So therefore I think a referendum will be at some point in the next three to four years … and I think the result will be a Yes.”

The SNP declined to comment.

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