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Where’s the money, Nicola! SNP probe into missing £600K still ongoing after 6 MONTHS

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The investigation was opened by Police Scotland last July after questions were raised about how donations to Nicola Sturgeon’s party were used. Officers said “enquiries are ongoing” six months on.

The probe came after police received seven complaints from pro-independence activists who accused the SNP of mishandling more than £600,000 in donations for a second referendum.

The complaints centred around claims the money – raised in two crowdfunded fundraisers in 2017 – was ringfenced for independence campaigns and instead spent on other things.

Police Scotland said at the time: “Police Scotland has now received seven complaints in relation to donations that were made to the Scottish National Party.

“After assessment and consultation with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, we will now carry out an investigation.

“Enquiries are continuing and anyone who has any information which may assist with this investigation is asked to contact police.”

First minister Nicola Sturgeon had insisted that she was “not concerned” about her party’s finances.

The SNP leader said “every penny” raised in online crowdfunding campaigns would be spent on the push for independence.

The investigation came after Douglas Chapman quit as SNP treasurer in May 2021.

The MP for Dunfermline and West claimed he had not been given enough financial information to do the job.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh South MP Joanna Cherry resigned from the party’s national executive committee a month later amid a row over “transparency and scrutiny”.

The new party treasurer, Colin Beattie, admitted in June last year that just £52,000 of the £666,953 raised had been spent on campaigning.

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An SNP party spokesperson said: “We are co-operating fully as you would expect.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the SNP for further comment.

It comes as Ms Sturgeon is pushing for a second independence referendum in 2023 after Scots opted to stay part of the UK in the 2014 vote.

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