SNP latest news: Treasurer Colin Beattie arrested


The SNP’s treasurer has been arrested as part of the ongoing police investigation into the party’s finances.

Colin Beattie, who is also an MSP, is being held in custody and is being questioned by detectives, Police Scotland said on Tuesday morning.

It follows the arrest of Peter Murrell, who was party chief executive and is Nicola Sturgeon’s husband, earlier this month. Mr Murrell was released without charge pending further enquiries.

A statement said: “A 71-year-old man has today, Tuesday, 18 April 2023, been arrested as a suspect in connection with the ongoing investigation into the funding and finances of the Scottish National Party.

“The man is in custody and is being questioned by Police Scotland detectives. A report will be sent to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

“The matter is active for the purposes of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and the public are therefore advised to exercise caution if discussing it on social media.

“As the investigation is ongoing we are unable to comment further.”