No charges against Midlothian MSP

Criminal charges will not be brought against Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame in connection with the alleged misuse of parliamentary resources.

The Crown Office confirmed that a police investigation had been carried out after Mark Hirst, a former employee of Ms Grahame (SNP), raised concerns about the accuracy of her election expenses returns.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “Following a referral from the Electoral Commission to the Procurator Fiscal in respect of Christine Grahame MSP, relating to possible breaches of the Scottish Parliament (Elections etc) Order 2010, the Procurator Fiscal instructed Lothian and Borders Police to carry out an investigation into the allegations.

“The results of the investigation were reported for the consideration of Crown Counsel, who decided that no proceedings should be taken.”

A spokesman for Ms Grahame, who is the justice committee convenor, said: “Ms Grahame is pleased that once again Mr Hirst’s complaints have been rejected.

“Having made complaints to numerous bodies and in the media, Mr Hirst has now seen those complaints repeatedly dismissed.”

She added that Mr Hirst had indicated his intention to take his complaints to an employment tribunal and Ms Grahame would not comment any further.