SNP ruling body orders governance and transparency review

The SNP’s ruling body has ordered a review of transparency and the way the party is managed after recent controversy over its finances.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) met on Saturday amid a police probe and a row over the release of membership numbers.

Party leader Humza Yousaf said a new working group would publish an interim report in June.

It will be followed by a full report ahead of the SNP’s autumn conference.

Asked if the review would go far enough, Mr Yousaf told BBC Scotland: “It is important that the financial oversight that we are committed to improving comes from the external input as opposed to within the party.”

Last week Mr Yousaf revealed that he had been unware until he became leader that the SNP’s auditors had resigned more than six months ago.

The firm Johnston Carmichael quit last September, and there is concern the party may be unable to conduct an audit due in July.

On Thursday, the new SNP leader and first minister also said he only recently learned…

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