Ruth Davidson has refused to be interviewed on the growing controversy surrounding so-called ‘Dark Money’ donations to her party.
The Scottish Conservative leader is facing questions over cash received from the secretive Scottish Unionist Association Trust. However a request to appear on Good Morning Scotland was turned down by Ms Davidson with the excuse she wasn’t available.
Show host Gary Robertson revealed that Davidson’s deputy, Jackson Carlaw also refused to answer questions and that no one from the party was prepared to appear on the show.
The issue surrounds donations totalling £319,000 made to Conservative branches throughout Scotland by the Scottish Unionist Association Trust [SUAT]. Investigative website The Ferret revealed that the unincorporated organisation had no apparent address and no information on membership.
The issue was raised by the SNP leader at Westminster Ian Blackford who pressed Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May during Prime Minister’s Questions.
On Tuesday, Conservative MP David Duguid whose campaign received seven and a half thousand pounds from SUAT during the last general election, admitted knowing nothing about the source of the cash. Duguid said he knew nothing about SUAT and had been too “focused on winning the election than where any donations were coming from.”
Fears that SUAT may have been trying to circumvent electoral law covering donations prompted SNP MP Pete Wishart to ask the Electoral Commission to look into the organisation. An investigation is currently underway. Mr Wishart raised the issue in the House of Commons last week.
However SUAT has shown the same reluctance as Ruth Davidson to answer questions. The organisation has similarly refused to appear on Good Morning Scotland.
Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, SNP MP Pete Wishart called for SUAT and the Scottish Conservatives to provide answers. Wishart said: “Tell us what they’ve been investing in, who are the donors to this organisation, how are there accounts managed?
“These are the questions that we really need to know, because I think people are just sick and tired of all this dark money …”
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