The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - FRINGE -

ALEX SAL­MOND has re­peated calls for former SNP MP Michelle Thom­son to be read­mit­ted to the party af­ter a fraud case against her was dropped.

Pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced ear­lier this month that there would be no criminal pro­ceed­ings against the ex Ed­in­burgh West MP due to an “ab­sence of suf­fi­cient cred­i­ble and re­li­able ev­i­dence”.

She had been one of five peo­ple named in a po­lice re­port cen­tred on prop­erty deals. Mr Sal­mond said the SNP had han­dled the “ex­tremely dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion” badly, but at­tacked me­dia cov­er­age of the is­sue.

He said: “You can’t have a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple are de­nied nat­u­ral jus­tice.

“That young woman was de­nied nat­u­ral jus­tice and had her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer to­tally re­moved from her with­out foun­da­tion and with­out any jus­tice what­so­ever.”

The former First Min­is­ter said he hoped Mrs Thom­son would stand again, but added: “I don’t know how Michelle feels about it.”

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