Sunday 17th June 2012 | 13:44
SNP: Davidson donation fine 'a humiliation'
The SNP has today said the Tories should not be trusted to run the anti-independence campaign if their leader in Scotland can’t even run her own leadership contest properly.
The criticism follows on from reports that Ruth Davidson has become the first MSP to be fined by the UK Electoral Commission after failing to declare donations to her leadership campaign in time.
Kenneth Gibson MSP, Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, said:
"This is a humiliation for Ruth Davidson and another blow for her flagging leadership.
"With the Tories leading the No campaign this raises serious concerns about the financing of the anti-independence camp if they can’t even be trusted with adhering to financial rules in small internal campaigns.
"The Tories will be wondering if they voted for the wrong leader and the anti-independence parties must be cringing reading the papers today.
"It is also a further setback for the Tories after their feeble showing at the council elections in May when their vote fell back in Scotland even from their low water mark of 2007."