THE SNP has come under pressure after an investigation by The Herald newspaper revealed that the party only managed to keep its Shetland by-election expenses below the legal maximum of £100,000 by declaring just £4,590 out of £8,034 spent on renting two properties during the by-election campaign this summer.
The accommodation costs for visiting activists were discounted because the rented properties were occupied during 57 per cent over a 42-day long rental period.
The practice was condemned by politicians from Labour and the Tories, but the SNP claimed to have “an exemplary record in complying with electoral law”.
A party spokesman added: “The idiotic and ill-informed claims of political parties who are serial offenders in breaking the law and have had to pay tens of thousands of pounds in fines are frankly laughable.”
POLICE are looking for information after the front door glass at the Aa fired up shop at 157 Commercial Street, in Lerwick, was damaged overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
The offence is likely to have been committed sometime between 5.20pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday morning.
A police spokesman said that “mindless damage such as this” causes upset and inconvenience to the owner of the shop.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or call along Lerwick police station.
OVER £500 was raised for the RNLI at a fish and chips night at the Staney Hill hall, in Lerwick, on Saturday night.
Around 70 people enjoyed a choice of local fish cooked to order, part of the RNLI’s nationwide annual ‘Fish Supper’ fundraising event held over a two-week period in October.
Several local businesses donated to the menu and helped out including JK Mainland Farm, the whitefish boat Avrella, Island Fish Shetland, the Fort Chip Shop, Hughson Brothers, Shetland janitorial Supplies as well as the Peerie Shop Café.
The event was organised by Cathy Mann and Margaret Harms who both have family connections to crew members on the Lerwick lifeboat.
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