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Thursday, 12 March 2015

SNP demand answers from Danny Alexander

The conduct of Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has been questioned by the SNP today, following allegation of a donations scandal reported on the front page of this morning's Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper reports that Mr Alexander encouraged someone who turned out to be fake businessman at a private meeting to provide further financial support to the party - but that he did not want “to intrude on the details”.

The story centres on the fact that the would-be donor was encouraged by a Lib Dem fundraiser to give money via relatives and backdate cheques in order to avoid electoral law on financial disclosure.

This it is not the first time Mr Alexander has been at the centre of dodgy donations story. In December of last year it was reported in the Sunday Herald that Mr Alexander accepted £50,000 cash from an alleged tax dodger.

Commenting, SNP Candidate for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey, Drew Hendry, said: "This is not the first time that Danny Alexander has been at the centre of a scandal surrounding dodgy donations. This latest episode is an extremely serious issue, apparently involving the Lib Dems at a very senior level seeking to break electoral law."

Mr Hendry continued: "Danny Alexander is at the centre of this dodgy donation scandal, and he must provide an immediate and full account of his role in it. The people of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey deserve full disclosure from Mr Alexander about this murky matter."

"It seems that the Lib Dems are becoming increasingly desperate to get their hands on cash – regardless where it is from." Drew Hendry added.