Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry has been jailed for 18 months for embezzling money from pro-independence groups.

McGarry admitted embezzling more than £25,600 – including donations intended for a foodbank.

This included £21,000 from Women for Independence (WFI), when she was treasurer of the organisation, and the SNP’s Glasgow Regional Association.

Her spending included rent, a holiday to Spain, transfers of money to her husband and other lifestyle costs.

The former Glasgow East MP pled guilty to two charges of embezzlement in a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court last month. Her attempt to withdraw the guilty pleas at a later hearing was refused by Sheriff Paul Crozier.

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She had not guilty pleas accepted to another embezzlement charge, and a charge that she refused to give police the passcode

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