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Michelle Thomson allegations

We are still waiting to hear when a police investigation will report on

alleged irregularities apparently involving the buy to let portfolio of MP

Michelle Thomson.

The investigation highlights property transactions in 2010 and 2011. The

Scotsman newspaper have said “Thomson’s property deals involved the

‘back to back’ buying and selling of houses owned by vulnerable people.

They were bought at below full-market value and then resold at far higher

prices, often on the same day.”

Numerous media reports suggest that the solicitor Christopher Hales

involved, was struck off a year ago for professional misconduct. The BBC

say it appears that all of the 13 transactions he was struck off for involved

Thomson or the where she was a partner called M&F Property Solutions.

A suspicious activity report was submitted by the Law Society of Scotland

to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in 2011, following

investigations which ultimately led to Hales being struck off three years

later.

The Law Society raised their concerns informally with the Crown Office

last year, but then made a formal referral about three months ago which

has encouraged the police investigation.

Thomson, MP for Edinburgh West, has denied all allegations and at the

start of this month she retweeted a statement issued to the press by her

solicitor stating:

“Michele Thomson maintains that she has always acted within the law. In

the interests of her constituents and her party she thought it best if she

voluntarily withdrew from the party whip.

“There was no requirement for her to do so, even though she knew it

would automatically lead to her suspension from the party. She did so in

order to clear her name and return as soon as possible to front line

politics.

“In the meantime we would strongly advise those who should know better

to tread extremely carefully and not prejudice a live investigation.

“We have advised Mrs Thomson that it is important that no further

comment is made on these matters until the investigation is concluded.

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