Swinney: Parliament stamps not used for campaign

by | Jun 23, 2024 | Politics

10 hours agoBy Craig Williams, BBC Scotland NewsFirst Minister John Swinney has said he is “confident” that no public money has been used on the SNP’s election campaign.The party is under investigation by Scottish Parliament officials following a complaint that stamps bought on parliamentary expenses were passed to UK election candidates for campaigning activities.Speaking on the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday, Mr Swinney said he had been “assured that no parliamentary stamps that have been provided by Parliament have been used to support election purposes.”His comments came after the Sunday Mail reported Mr Swinney’s office manager telling an SNP staff WhatsApp group chat that “stamp fairy is very useful when it comes to campaigns”.The BBC reported on Thursday that an anonymous complaint was submitted to Holyrood’s presiding officer Alison Johnstone.The Scottish Parliament said it was investigating the matter to establish whether there had been any misuse of parliamentary resources.A screenshot from a WhatsApp group made up of staff who work for SNP MSPs included a discussion about whether or not the stamps can be traced back to the purchaser.MSPs are allowed to spend up to £5,500 a year on postage and stationery as part of parliamentary resources provided by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB).The parliament’s rules state that they “must be used only for parliamentary duties and must not be used for any other purpose, including party political purposes”.’Humorous remarks’Speaking on Sunday, Mr Swinney described the message referring to the “stamp fairy” as “humorous remarks made in a WhatsApp channel”.He added: “I’ve obviously discussed this with my staff and I’ve been assured that no parliamentary stamps that have been provided by Parliament have been used to support election purposes.”He later added he was “confident” there had not been any use of public money to prop up the SNP’s campaign.”What’s important is the reassurance that I’ve had that parliamentary stamps have not been used …

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