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Nicola Sturgeon urged to resign the whip by multiple SNP MSPs following arrest
12 June 2023, 22:16
Nicola Sturgeon should resign the party whip following her arrest as part of an investigation into SNP finances, one of the party's MSPs has said.
Michelle Thomson told LBC that she "strongly believes in natural justice" but that there have been a number of other MSPs or MPs who have lost the whip, despite being "entirely innocent".
"It’s nothing to do with natural justice, which I strongly agree with…but if a process is to be fair, it has to be applied in the same way to everybody rigorously and transparently - and fairly," Ms Thomson told LBC's Tom Swarbrick.
"That clearly is what hasn’t happened while Nicola Sturgeon was First Minister and now today, and she herself, I feel, should step away to reflect the decisions she made before."
SNP MSP Michelle Thomson says Sturgeon should resign the party whip
Nicola Sturgeon was interviewed for almost seven hours by detectives in relation to the probe into the SNP's finances before being released without charge pending further investigation.
Ms Sturgeon later said in a post online she was innocent of any wrongdoing.
Ms Thomson is not the only SNP MSP to call for Ms Sturgeon to resign the party whip - even if temporarily - following her arrest.
Speaking to LBC's Tonight with Andrew Marr, former leadership candidate Ash Regan echoed her colleague's sentiments, saying that "it is quite normal" to step down amid an ongoing investigation in the workplace.
"I think it is quite normal, not just in politics but in other organisations if there's some sort of investigation going on, if accusations are being made - I think it's entirely normal for people to be suspended or to resign their position in order for that investigation to carry on.
"By suggesting that Nicola Sturgeon should resign, there's no implication there of any wrongdoing, there's no implication of guilt or not, we should obviously be clear that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
"It's not about that - this is about the political implications and the pressure this police investigation...is putting on the political party of the SNP."