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SNP probe investigates £95,000 Jaguar

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It’s safe to say that it’s not been a great year for the SNP. For 2023 ends as it began – with questions being asked about the long-running investigation into the party’s finances. And while a luxury campervan sparked headlines earlier this year, attention has now alighted on the purchase of a luxury £95,000 Jaguar car. Can’t beat buying British, eh?

As part of Police Scotland’s ongoing probe, the cops are investigating the purchase of a top range electric vehicle. It is alleged to have been bought by Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell – the SNP’s former chief executive – from a dealership in Edinburgh in October 2019. A car of the same description as the Jaguar, registered in 2019, was photographed on the couple’s driveway in March 2021. Now, it has been sold, with questions being asked as to its sale history.

A source told the Sunday Mail:

Police have interviewed at least one worker at the dealership about the sale. This is an extremely high-end vehicle, one of the most expensive electric SUVs on the market. The basic price start at around £80,000 and optional extras can get you up to £95,000 if you are going for all out luxury. It goes without saying that it is completely out of the price range of most people, especially in a cost-of-living crisis.

It’s the second notable vehicle to be investigated as part of Operation Branchform, following the discovery of the £110,000 motorhome languishing in Murrell’s mother’s drive. The police investigation into the party’s funds — to find where the ‘missing’ £600,000 of indyref2 donations went — remains ongoing. All this at a time when donations to Humza Yousaf’s party are drying up, with a paltry £7,400 received in six months, according to public accounts.

Talk about a car crash…

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