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SNP MSPs and MPs visits to Shetland: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
19 Sep 2019
SNP MSPs and MPs visits to Shetland: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/201900003327
Date received: 21 Aug 2019
Date responded: 18 Sep 2019
Information requested

In the last few weeks and up until polling day, many SNP officials including the above mentioned have travelled to Shetland in support of the SNP.

As Sturgeon has great difficulty differentiating between her responsibilities as FM and leader of the SNP mostly acting as the later and knowing that this travel usually includes an entourage.

My question is was this activity travel, lodgings etc provided and paid for from SNP sources or by the Scottish Government?

Security and all when they travel on what is strictly SNP Party business they are just like the population at large, no public funding.

Please advise with details.

Response

The visits to Shetland you refer to in your request were undertaken by SNP MSPs and MPs on a party political basis. Nicola Sturgeon travelled to Shetland in her capacity as leader of the Scottish National Party. I can therefore confirm that no costs in relation to these visits were met by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government does not comment on security.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) and section 39 (1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

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