Responding to the news that the Electoral Commission has today (17 Sep) fined the Scottish Unionist Association Trust, Green MSP Ross Greer said:
"The Scottish Tories have been funded by dark money for years. Now this damning Electoral Commission report has been published, they need to urgently explain themselves. For the findings to come on the same morning as a Tory cabinet minister had to apologise to an English court, for 'accidentally' illegally approving more arms sales to Saudi Arabia, shows the Conservatives' approach to the rule of law quite starkly. They clearly believe its only for everyone else to follow.
"It is frustrating that the fines for this substantial number of violations totalled just a small fraction of the money actually funnelled through SUAT. The Electoral Commission desperately needs the power to deliver substantial fines and other enforcement mechanisms. Otherwise, the flood of dark money which is poisoning our politics will only continue."